Sib­lings’ Nepal trek to raise aware­ness of cys­tic fi­bro­sis

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Al­bany’s Shari Dou­glas will tackle a trek in Nepal, rais­ing money for cys­tic fi­bro­sis re­search, a cause close to her heart.

Along­side brother Mathew O’Brien, she will bat­tle the rough ter­rain on the six-day trek next month, rais­ing funds for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA.

Their close fam­ily friend War­rick Fer­ris lives with the con­di­tion.

“Grow­ing up we have learnt and wit­nessed the dif­fi­cul­ties he has had to go through so this is very im­por­tant to us,” Ms Dou­glas said.

The duo also did a trek in Kokoda in 2016 for the same cause.

“We want to make a dif­fer­ence, we are in­spired by the work of Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Western Aus­tralia and wanted to sup­port them by rais­ing money,” Ms Dou­glas said.

“The more peo­ple that know about cys­tic fi­bro­sis, the greater their im­pact.” She said the trek would be a chal­lenge but she was look­ing for­ward to tack­ling it.

“It will be a hard six days, very steep and very hilly, and it’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge but we are do­ing it for a great cause,” she said.

“Our friend War­rick has his good days and bad days, like ev­ery per­son liv­ing with the dis­ease, and that’s why it’s so im­por­tant that these funds are raised for re­search and medicines and, who knows, maybe even one day a cure.”

She said the com­mu­nity had been fan­tas­tic in show­ing its sup­port, help­ing raise $4000 to­wards the sib­lings’ $10,000 goal.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Shari Dou­glas will be do­ing a trek in Nepal with her brother, rais­ing money for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA.

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