Moun­tain trek raises funds for friends

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Kar­ratha man is tak­ing on a Hi­malayan moun­tain to raise money for two friends’ fight against can­cer.

Damien Muller is in Nepal on an ex­pe­di­tion to reach the sum­mit of Ama Dablam, a 6856m moun­tain in the Hi­malayas which stands alone in the fa­mous moun­tain range.

How­ever, he and wife Joanne Water­strom-Muller are also us­ing the trip to raise funds for friends Leah Black and Ed Stevens in their bat­tles against can­cer and have com­mit­ted to dol­lar-match­ing dona­tions to the sum of $10,000.

Also in­cluded in the drive is Nepalese eye health pro­gram the Hi­malayan Cataract Project.

An ex­pe­ri­enced moun­tain climber who has scaled peaks in Peru and New Zealand, Mr Muller said he saw Ama Dablam as a new moun­taineer­ing chal­lenge which could also help oth­ers.

“The moun­tain side of things is ab­so­lutely self­ish, it’s a per­sonal thing, but I have been for quite some time want­ing to do some­thing to sup­port Leah and Ed,” he said.

“It’s awe­some to be here, and be­ing able to cou­ple that with the abil­ity to do­nate to friends makes it even bet­ter.” The 35-day ex­pe­di­tion will in­volve Mr Muller trekking through Nepal to the Ama Dablam base camp and mak­ing the very tech­ni­cal climb with a guide.

Ms Black said she was grate­ful for the sup­port through her­breast can­cer treat­ment process.

“I was very blown away and very hum­bled by his want­ing to do the climb, and match­ing dona­tions as well,” she said.

“For our fam­ily, it just takes the fi­nan­cial bur­den off, be­cause can­cer treat­ment is ex­pen­sive.”

About $7000 of the ex­pe­di­tion’s $10,000 do­na­tion tar­get had been reached at time of print.

Pic­ture: Gavin Lang Pho­tog­ra­phy

Damien Muller is us­ing his at­tempt to sum­mit Hi­malayan moun­tain Ama Dablam to raise funds for two friends fight­ing can­cer.

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