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April 2015 News

Family trekking for hope

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Ellisa with Norma and Jacqui Photo: Provided

In May, Ellisa Parker and her daughters will be trekking 12kms to raise money and awareness for abandoned Chinese orphans.

Ellisa is no stranger to long treks, last year, along with a team of 20 Aussies, she trekked the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea to raise over $100 000 for Lifeline.

This time though, she will be joined by her 7-year-old daughter Norma, and will be carrying her 3-year-old daughter Jacqui, for the 12km “Trekking for Hope” event in Binna Burra, an event organised by Shane Willard Ministries in partnership with Global Development Group.

The purpose of the the trek is to raise funds for special needs orphans in China. 

“Shane Willard Ministries is an organisation that is all about restoring hope to the needy,” said Ellisa. 

“Every year over 100,000 special needs children are orphaned due to their parents being poor, ill equipped or misunderstanding their child’s needs,” she said.

Elissa, Norma and Jacqui hope to raise $2000 before the event on May 2, to go towards the on-going work of Shane Willard Ministries, and are asking for people to get behind them as they trek for this great cause.

“Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone. Compassion is seeing a problem and doing something about it,” she said. “Please support us as we trek to help restore dignity to the broken hearted.”

All donations above $2 are tax-deductible and can be made at www.gofundraise.com.au/page/EParker

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