Turia Pitt and fellow ultra-marathon bushfire survivors reunite to inspire teens with cerebral palsy in challenge of a lifetime
The group will put their strength and stamina to the test in an endurance event to reach the top of Australia’s highest peak – with wheelchairs and walking frames
SYDNEY, THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2015– Mention Turia Pitt and you think of determination, courage, resilience, and above all, fighting spirit. Turia is hoping to impart those same qualities on a group of 20 teenagers with cerebral palsy, as they attempt to conquer Mount Kosciuszko.
It will be the first time Turia and her fellow Kimberley ultra-marathon bushfire survivors Michael Hull and Hal Benson have reunited for a trek since the near-fatal September 2011 bushfire. What better reason to reunite than to inspire the teens with cerebral palsy to complete the 18.4km Krazy Kosci Klimb.
‘We know what it’s like to be faced with challenges’, Turia said. ‘We also know that with hard work, determination and loads of support from your family and friends, the seemingly impossible is possible.
‘I am in awe of these teenagers with cerebral palsy, some who rely on wheelchairs, others who use walking frames and other mobility devices. Completing the 18.4km round trip from Charlotte Pass to the top of Mount Kosciuszko and back will be a massive physical challenge for them.
‘Like I have done, they are preparing to tackle this physical challenge head on and I will be there to support and encourage them along every single kilometre’, she said.
Turia and her fellow bushfire survivors will set off with the teens from Charlotte Pass at sunrise on Saturday 28 February. It will be a feat of herculean proportions for the young participants with cerebral palsy –the track is rocky, uneven and steep in parts, and the weather is highly unpredictable.
Add to that the physical challenges that come with cerebral palsy – muscle weakness and spasms, vision and hearing impairments, the need by many to use walking frames, leg splints and wheelchairs – and you have the gruelling physical challenge that is the Krazy Kosci Klimb.
Each participant will have a support crew of four people and the financial backing of a corporate supporter including NAB financial planners, Centric Wealth, Ord Minnett, Comm Bank, NetApp and Red Balloon. The event aims to raise $250,000 for Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s sport and recreation programs.
Now in its second year, the Krazy Kosci Klimb is the brainchild old 15-year-old Hannah Diviney who has cerebral palsy. She’s delighted to have Turia and her fellow ultra-marathon bushfire survivors on board.
‘Turia’s determination in her own battles will inspire us all to push through, regardless of the weather, rough terrain and our own physical challenges’, Hannah said. ‘It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be physically and emotionally demanding, but how great are we going to feel when we reach the summit!’
Released on 5 Feb 2015