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Welcome back to our ten supporters who walked part of the 223-kilometre Larapinta Trail for our first ever Trek For Sick Kids.

Camping under the stars, taking in the unique landscapes of the Northern Territory and learning the history of the Arrernte people may just be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – but there is more to our first Trek For Sick Kids than meets the eye.

Trekkers took on the 50-kilometre challenge to raise funds for Children’s Hospital Foundation programs and initiatives that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

In its inaugural year, Trek For Sick Kids raised an incredible $50,350 for the Foundation to help close the gap in the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

This generous support will help us continue to make an impact through:

  • Funding the CHQ Footprints program – a program that funds cadetships to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people become healthcare workers
  • Supplying Indigenous Welcome Packs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and families who arrive at the Queensland Children’s Hospital
  • Expanding Indigenous-focused research projects working to support health outcomes for First Nations people.

Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Marketing & Fundraising Officer, Olivia Jary was one of ten trekkers who took on this epic adventure.

“Trek For Sick Kids was more than a personal challenge and chance to learn about our nation’s traditional owners, it was an opportunity to help improve health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” she said.

“We are enormously thankful to everyone who donated and supported our adventures.”

To learn more about how you can fundraise for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, head here.