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Reaching new heights in fundraising


Reaching new heights in fundraising

It’s all about the journey and the destination when trekkers aim high in creating awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

A group of 13 trekkers, including eight from the Sunshine Coast, recently completed the hike to Everest Base camp – all in support of a worthy cause.

Gary McKitterick Gillett, from Trek Ready Himalayas, and his team raised $6000 for the Shake it Up Foundation as part of the adventure to the famed Nepalese location.

“(We all) made the effort to reach this mighty mountain, dealing with trekking at high altitude, as we reached 5346 metres,” Mr McKitterick Gillett says.

“What an achievement for everyone, to stand at the base of the world’s highest mountain and say, ‘We did this’.”

Mr McKitterick Gillett has been a passionate advocate for Parkinson’s disease for many years, combining trekking with raising awareness and funds for those impacted by the condition.

“In 2025, I will return to Nepal for the seventh time, and this time we will trek the Annapurna circuit and get to pass over the Thorong La Pass at 5416 metres.

“The hills get higher, the challenge great, but the cause is worth it.”

Meanwhile, the recent Step out for Parkinson’s, held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, has raised more than $50,000.

More than 700 people turned up to the third annual event, which aims to help find a cure for the disease.

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