Learn­ing to fly the hard way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

WOULD you be will­ing to over­come your great­est fear to raise money for char­ity?

Port Dou­glas res­i­dent Ka­rina Hose suf­fers from acro­pho­bia - a fear for heights - and con­quer­ing that fear will raise money for or­phan­ages and those en­dur­ing ex­treme poverty in Nepal.

Ka­rina is trav­el­ling to Nepal in Septem­ber to con­quer the heights on the An­na­purna trek.

In the mean­time, Ms Hose aims to face her fears head-on, with a smor­gas­bord of high adrenalin and ter­ri­fy­ing per­sonal chal­lenges to raise money for the GVI Foun­da­tion and her ‘‘heigh­tathon’’.

‘‘I really wanted to par­tic­i­pate in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in Nepal so I looked into the pro­grams that help the chil­dren, re­gain struc­ture to their lives and to their com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Ka­rina said.

I de­cided to raise money through some­thing that I can achieve here in my home town, like stand­ing up to my big­gest great­est fearompletely ter­ri­fied of heights.

‘‘The list is pretty long, I’ll chal­lenge my­self to skydive, bungy jump, ab­seil, hang­glide, para­sail, go up in a hot air bal­loon, in­deed any ex­treme sport in­volv­ing height.’’

Ka­rina is look­ing for spon­sors to sup­port her char­ity chal­lenge, with each in­di­vid­ual event filmed, and will also write blogs on her ex­pe­ri­ences.

Sup­port­ers will be able to fol­low her progress on the Heigh­tathon page on Face­book. If you can of­fer sup­port, call Ka­rina on 0408 731 842.

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