0

Trekking for change

24 July 2017

Trekking for change

For eight days ten brave trekkers took on the harsh environment of the Simpson Desert. They battled extreme heat during the day and freezing temperatures at night. The sand dunes spanned up to 30 meters high, our trekkers climbing them with determination and endurance. There were painful lows and personal triumphs. Dehydrated dinners and LOTS of Hydrolyte.

These people sound crazy right? Why would they choose to put themselves through so much pain? It pales in comparison to what young people with high care needs face every day.

P1160734

Pictured: Matt Boyd, Matt Pearson, Robb Moffat, Matt Tuttle, Brendan Mayles, Clayton McDonald, Annabel Phelan, Anthony Ryan, Nicole Mackay and Matthew Waldron.

The isolation of the desert, the lack of choice and dignity our trekkers experienced on their journey, is a mere resemblance of what young people with high care needs are living with day to day.

“Despite all the blisters, joint pains, gags after sips of Hydrolyte and endless burs it feels great to know that by experiencing these things I have been able to help others.” Annabel Phelan, Simpson Desert trekker.

Our trekkers range from a university student, to a mother of two, to a Property Development Project Manager. Although they all come from different walks of life, they found a common ground with helping young people with high care needs, the trek forging friendships like no other.

“It was easily one of the best experiences of my life and I have made some beautiful friendships because of it.” Matt Pearson, Simpson Desert trekker.

Since its inception, the Simpson Desert Challenge has raised $3,334,823 to enable young people with high care needs to live with freedom – to choose where they live, who they live with and how they live their lives.

SHARE THIS!
News you might like:
30 August 2016 National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan. Mr ...
Bernard Fanning is back and he can't wait for the Youngcare Benefit Concert 2015! Below he shares his fond memories of the past and some of his plans ...
7 November 2016 Share a slice of Youngcake this Christmas For a young person with high care needs, the loss of choice and independence is one of ...
We want you to be the first to know! Youngcare is thrilled to announce the return of one of Brisbane’s best nights of Australian music: the ...
Dear Mr Scott Morrison, I’m writing to you as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia because I want to know how you’re planning on improving the ...
This article was originally published in The Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin. 8 January 2016 Young people in aged care – an Australian ...
5 May 2016 CEO message The new season is an exciting time for Youngcare as we start to focus on bringing our latest apartments at Albany Creek, ...
2 August 2017 Youngcare explores options as NSW project ends Youngcare’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Australia to deliver high care housing ...
5 May 2016 WHAT’S ON!   28 APRIL - 8 MAY Simpson Desert Challenge Support the trekkers by donating and follow the trek with our regular ...
24 July 2017 A message from our partners at Vincents At VINCENTS one of our core values is to actively build a company environment that contributes ...
Categories
Archives

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do

GET INFO

Get Help

GET INFO

Contact Us

GET INFO

A huge thanks to our supporters 

Sleepy's
Birdsville Roadhouse
Keystone
Vuly
Sage
Clark Real Estate
CV Services
Betta Home Living
One Harvest - love beats
Savills
Spot Productinons
National Storage
Cakes & Sh!t
Channel Nine
Une Parkinson Foundation
Just Photography
The Co Group
Thrifty
Neals
Good2give
LAS logo
IOR Petroleum
MMO Interiors
QIC
Carbone
Hand Heart Pocket
BDO
Vantage Performance
Birdsville Social Club
De Luca Corp
MTAQ
Motorola Solutions
Queensland Government
Nova
Broncos Charity Fund
Bunnamagoo
Shine Lawyers
Doug Hall Foundation
Merlo
HSF
Morgans
Braggs Signs
Birdsville Hotel
MS Queensland
Triffid
Women's Weekly
Canvas Art Factory
AWIC - Awesome Women In Construction
Bruce Lynton
Style
Story Bride Hotel
Select AV
CUB
MGD Private
J W Bell & Associates
Hopgood Ganim
Aurora Adventures
Knight Frank
Cutting Edge
EY
Care Tech
Media Merchants
Batercard
Ozdent
Brisbane Airport
Flight Centre Foundation
Rivergum Homes
Vincents
Wolff Group
McCabe Curwood
ALS
ALS Global
Network First
ANZ
Brighton Homes
Tattersalls Club
DAE
Servcorp
Tradelink
Taylor Byrne
Forte Catering
Queensland Rail
Just Cause Bunch
Tatts Group
FKG
Pilot
Audio Visual Elements
Collins Food
Vertica Capital
Coates
Eureka Landscaping
Skip to content