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Friday, January 19, 2018

Trek Larapinta to honour memory of Katrina Dawson


The Katrina Dawson Foundation & Huma Charity Challenge have launched a guided walk along the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation established in honour of the late Katrina Dawson.

The Katrina Dawson Foundation was established in December 2014 by Katrina's family and former Governor General of Australia, The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, to honour Katrina's memory, after she was tragically taken from her family, friends and the community in Sydney's Lindt Cafe Siege.

"The Katrina Dawson Foundation Challenge, Larapinta with Edwina Parsons" will take place from 8-12 May 2018.

Participants who sign up for the five-day challenge in Central Australia have two challenges ahead of them: to raise a minimum $1000 for The Katrina Dawson Foundation and to complete the Larapinta Trail Challenge.

The trip costs $1835 per person (departing from Alice Springs) plus a $200 non-refundable registration fee.

Challenge highlights include:

•             Raising funds for The Katrina Dawson Foundation
•             Staying in exclusive semi-permanent campsites with comfortable safari style sleeping tents, hot showers and delicious meals
•             Spend three days walking along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail with experienced outdoor educator and adventurer Edwina Parsons

Katrina's brother and Foundation Board Director, Sandy Dawson believes the charity challenge is a wonderful way to combine an exhilarating adventure with raising funds the Foundation.

"By signing up for the Larapinta Challenge and supporting The Katrina Dawson Foundation, participants will help us to give young Australian women the opportunity to contribute to our community in the same way that Katrina did, and would have continued to do so," Mr Dawson said.

Katrina loved a challenge and being active, and she would have loved this trek.

"I am so delighted that our long-time family friend, Edwina Parsons, will lead this trek along the iconic Larapinta Trail, which is considered on of the top 10 walks in the world.

"The expansive, rugged and mesmerising West MacDonnell ranges dominate this spectacular trail and the majesty of this landscape and provides an ideal setting to honour the memory of Katrina," Mr Dawson said.

Trekking at the start of the season in April and May can be one of the best times to experience the Larapinta Trail. Trekking conditions in autumn are pleasant, with temperatures averaging between 12-27C.

Coming out of the wet season, the West MacDonnell Ranges transforms for a short period into a vibrant green landscape, with bursts of colour from early season flowers like the Mulla Mulla and Senna bush. With new growth across the region, mornings are particularly beautiful as the sun glistens through the trees in the early hours of the day.

For more information and to register: www.humacharitychallenge.com or phone 1300 720 000.

Direct link for more information and to register: http://bit.ly/KatrinaDawson


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