AN ex-Emerald resident and former Marist College student is set to take on the challenge of a lifetime.
Next May Amy Leighton hopes to be in China standing at the foot of the Great Wall and about to embark on a six-day trek of more than 1000km. What's more, it's all for charity.
Emerald electrical business WBQ Projects is among a handful of generous local companies supporting Amy on the Youngcare Great Wall of China Trek - an 82,000 step challenge to help get young Australians out of aged care.
WBQ owners Wayne and Brooke Quinlan said they were proud to support Amy and the cause.
"Amy will travel far from family and friends, put her strength and stamina to the test in a foreign city, and, in a small way, walk in the shoes of a young person living in aged care," Wayne said.
Brooke said Amy was making a clear statement about the desperate need for choice and opportunity in the lives of young people requiring full-time care.
Amy needs to raise $6000 minimum and with WBQ's donation she's about halfway.
She said she had been to other parts of Asia, but knew to expect something very different from the People's Republic - the world's second largest and most populated country, steeped in history and culture that dates back thousands of years before Christianity.
"There's about 700,000 young people who need 24/7 care living at home because there's nowhere else for them to go," Amy said.
"It's a bit daunting... but it's a great cause, all I have to do is get fit and raise the money."
Amy said her regional upbringing in Emerald made the cause resonate more personally, as help is often difficult to find in the bush.
She has until the end of April, 2012, to raise the $6000, if so, she'll be on a plane in May.
To make a donation visit www.youngcare supporters.com.au/amy_leighton.
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