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February 26, 2014 Headline News, Mobile travel consulting No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Imagine shaving your head on Mt Everest? A chilly prospect! But that’s exactly what TravelManagers’ Personal Travel Manager Andrea Turner, representative of Windsor in Brisbane, plans to do next month

Turner is supporting the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Highest Shave to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia research.

“I have lost family members and a dear friend to both Leukaemia and cancer,” Turner said yesterday.

Turner

Turner

“I understand the terrible impact and effect it has not only on them but their families also. The treatment is so unforgiving both physically and emotionally. I hate the cold and have long hair so trekking for two weeks in freezing conditions to the Everest Base Camp to shave my head, what better way to get people’s attention and fundraise for this great cause.”

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow with no known cause or cure. Every day, on average, 31 Australians are diagnosed with the disease.

“It is such an unbiased disease, anything I can do to help find a cure is surely worthwhile. My hair will grow back, sufferers don’t always have that luxury,” Turner says.

The Leukaemia Foundation has teamed up with Getaway Trekking & Adventures to organize the world’s highest shave, a 16-day trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and finally to Kala Pattar at 5515 metres where participants will shave their head.

“Days will be spent trekking through the Sherpa heartland, we will stay in lodges run by the Sherpa’s themselves, passing Buddhist Monasteries with views of Mt Everest every day. Having the opportunity to immerse myself within such an incredible culture as well as being part of something momentous where I can make a difference is amazing,” Turner says.

Turner knows that a climb up Everest is something she needs to train for.

“My only experience is having trekked the Kokoda Track. I’m vigorously training five days a week with a mix of hill and gym training. I am also using breathing apparatus that restricts oxygen intake to assist in strengthening my lung capacity,” she says.

Turner is climbing as part of a 20-person team and has personally committed to raise AUD 2000. All funds raised go directly to research and to provide support and services to people living with Leukaemia.

To learn more about the World’s Highest Shave please go to http://getawaytrekking.com.au/worlds-highest-shave-2014/

To make a donation securely online in support of Andrea Turner’s fundraising efforts for Leukaemia research please go to: http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/personalPage.aspx?Referrer=direct%2fnone&registrationID=514068

Edited by : Peter Needham

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