Trek

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Sarah Wa­ters

VIC­TO­RIA PARK IN­GRID Laudze­vics has fi­nally been able to feel a sense of peace since los­ing her daugh­ter Kar­lee (22) to can­cer al­most two years ago.

Ms Laudze­vics re­cently re­turned from a five-day, 40km trek across the Great Wall of China to raise funds for The Kids Can­cer Pro­ject and to also get some per­spec­tive on life af­ter her shock loss.

Kar­lee, a for­mer stu­dent at Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary School. was a tal­ented young singer, dancer and ac­tress, but trag­i­cally died two months af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with a rare tu­mour known as a yolk sac tu­mour vari­ant.

Af­ter she died, Ms Laudze­vics es­tab­lished Kar­lee’s Army to help find a cure for can­cer through fundrais­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness.

As part of her fundrais­ing ef­forts, she left for Bei­jing on June 13 to take part in Trek4aCure.

The jour­ney in­volved five days of trekking through ru­ral vil­lages in the He­bei Province, ex­plor­ing orig­i­nal sec­tions of the Great Wall, and vis­it­ing Tianan­men Square, For­bid­den City and the Sum­mer Palace as well as meet­ing lo­cal vil­lagers.

Ms Laudze­vics linked up with three other women, Kim Bel­ley-Bab­bage, Laura Cantrell and Gwen Buch, while she was over there, who dubbed them­selves the ‘Merry Trekkers’.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

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