Students trek through Nepal to help women with cancer
LIKE many young people, Boonah local Tahlia Kinrade has been affected by cancer.
The 19-year-old recently returned from Nepal, where she took part in the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation's (ACCF) Trekking for Change challenge to help others suffering from the disease.
The university student took on the challenging 12-day trip through the mountainous regions of Nepal with a goal of raising $3500 for the ACCF.
Tahlia surpassed her goal, raising $5049.40 to support cervical cancer treatment and research.
"I didn't expect to go over by that much, I was worried about meeting the $3500 goal," she said.
"Everyone in the group went over their original target.
"It really showed me how generous people can be."
Tahlia said she had seen the impact cancer had first-hand when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago.
"My mum was diagnosed when I was 11, so it's something very close to my heart," she said.
"I was really thankful we were in a country where health services are available, unlike in Nepal.
"The ACCF is trying to change that, which is why I decided to do the challenge."
The fundraising adventure began for Tahlia in Kathmandu where she spent two days volunteering at an ACCF site.
Then the group embarked on a gruelling five-day trek through Nepalese mountains, rivers and forests before returning home.
"It was nothing like I'd ever experienced before, there was one day where we walked up 3000 steps," she said.
"It was really rewarding and I'm glad all the work we did paid off.
"I would definitely recommend it to other people, if there's a charity you're passionate about, set yourself a goal and achieve it."
The student's $5000 donation alone is enough to provide screening for an entire village of 300 women in Nepal.
The challenge raised more than $17,000 in total, which will go towards enhancing women's health in Australia and in developing countries.