23-25 August 2023
3 day trip, 3 day challenge
Twin share in 3-star motel accommodation
Every day in Australia, two people are diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) and two people die from it. The lifetime chance of developing MND is one in 300 and, on average, life expectancy is just two-and-a-half years from diagnosis.
MND has a devastating impact on the person diagnosed, but also on their family and carers, who witness the decline and are then left with the impacts of the aftermath. To raise money to support those diagnosed with MND, as well as their family, friends and supporters, MND Queensland and their supporters are hiking the Scenic Rim in August. Are you ready to join them?
On this incredible three-day adventure you begin in the foothills of South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park and follow the stunning Scenic Rim trail, challenged by a mix of steep ascents and rugged terrain. You’ll ascend Mount Cordeaux, reach the summit of Mount Mitchell, and explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park. The whole time you’ll be raising funds to support people with MND.
The Difference You'll Make
The money you raise during the MND Walk for Care will provide support to Queenslanders diagnosed with MND, including access to specialist health advisors, telephone helplines, support groups, up-to-date educational resources and in-house client services like occupational and speech therapy. It will also be used to purchase equipment to make the lives of those diagnosed with MND easier.
Here are some of the ways the funds will be used:
- $50 enables someone from MND Queensland to be at the end of the phone with information and advice when someone newly diagnosed with MND calls.
- $125 allows them to create a life stories book for a client to record their memories, sayings and photos.
- $400 provides four to six hours of expert advice for NDIS onboarding for someone.
- $900 purchases a suction machine to assist in removing excess saliva for someone who is having difficulty swallowing, enabling them to live more comfortably as their MND symptoms progress.
- $5,000 is the cost of an over-65s care package. People diagnosed with MND after the age of 65 cannot access the NDIS, so with donors’ support, MND Queensland subsidises the true cost of the delivery of essential equipment they’ll require.
Pricing & Itinerary
Pay only $475* upfront.
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Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star motels • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local guide
Doesn’t Include: Flights • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Gold Coast – Mount Cordeaux
Welcome to Australia’s Scenic Rim, a thriving rural paradise in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Your adventure begins on the Gold Coast where you’ll be picked up at 8.30am by your local guide and meet your fellow travellers. From here, we hit the road and drive towards Mount Cordeaux, on the northern side of Cunninghams Gap and overlooking the Scenic Rim. Follow the walking track up the mountain, passing by an abandoned goldmine shaft where gold was never found. The track ends just before the summit and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with showstopping views of the Main Range National Park, the Darling Downs and even the high-rise buildings of Brisbane in the distance. We descend the mountain then join the Rainforest Circuit, venturing through lush vegetation as your leader shares stories of the flora and fauna that call this place home. We then climb to an incredible lookout serving up views of Lake Moogerah and the Fassifern Valley. This evening we return to our accommodation for an evening at leisure.
Trekking distance: 9km
Meals: L D
When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in Western Australia. You'll be supporting Carbon Neutral as they replant native plant species to create a green corridor for native wildlife, assisting in the recovery of entire ecosystems. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.