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The Simpson Desert Challenge 2017 organised by Youngcare, raises funds to enable young people in aged care to have access to age appropriate housing and facilities such as this one in Albany Creek Queensland. While my idea of exercise is to walk to the fridge, the allure of the Australian outback coupled with the very good cause the money would be going towards has led me to accept this challenge.

From the 25th of May to the 4th of June 2017, My husband and I along with a few other trekkers will:

  • spend eight full days and nights in the Simpson Desert, exposed to the elements
  • climb more than 1,000 sand dunes over approximately 250km carrying a 10kg backpack
  • cross the Simpson Desert, which spans three Australian States: the Northern Territory, Queensland, and South Australia
  • have no access to toilets, showers, beds or any other luxury
  • finish at the iconic Birdsville Hotel.

This is an extreme challenge – as life is for a young person in aged care. I am well aware this will push me out of my comfort zone and force me to confront my fear of snakes and other creepy crawlies. I hope you will donate generously and/or share the fundraising cause to empower Youngcare to providing much needed facilities for over 5000 young Australians who are currently living in aged care.

To donate please visit my everyday hero page – https://simpsondesertchallenge2017.everydayhero.com/au/shafeen-mustaq. Please feel free to share this far and wide so we can raise as much money as possible.

Thank you

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