LONG HAUL: Jess Mills will be trekking through Machu Picchu to raise funds for Young Care.
LONG HAUL: Jess Mills will be trekking through Machu Picchu to raise funds for Young Care. Rob Williams

Mountain challenge a wondrous trek to help charity

JESS Mills has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

What's more, she is doing it for a cause that is close to her heart.

The 24-year-old health and lifestyle co-ordinator at Western Australia's Paraburdoo mine site is taking on the Youngcare Machu Picchu Challenge 2013 to help young Australians forced to live in aged-care facilities.

Living in Ipswich and flying in and out from the mine site in WA has been good preparation for the long flight to Cusco, Peru.

Miss Mills will trek high into the Andean Mountains, via the isolated Moonstone Trail, past Inca ruins and ancient villages to the wondrous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.

She is raising money and awareness for Youngcare, a charity of significance to Miss Mills.

"My aunty has had MS for the past eight years and Youngcare has enabled her to stay home by providing grants for her high-care needs, such as equipment," she said.

"She's been able to stay at home with family, instead of being sent to an aged-care facility when she's not even 50 years old. It's more age-appropriate."

She is also organising a charity boot camp for the weekend she returns from Peru.

Miss Mills is hoping to raise about $8000 and donations can be made by visiting youngcaresupporters.com.au/jessmills.

 

- Mitch Contessi



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