Mother’s great trek to China

INGRID Laudzevics will fly to Beijing on June 13 to complete a five-day, 40km trek across the Great Wall of China-Trek4aCure-to raise funds and awareness for The Kids Cancer Project, one of the largest funders of childhood cancer research in Australia.

After losing her 22-year-old daughter Karlee to a rare tumour in January last year, Ms Laudzevics has been organising and taking part in fundraisers to help find a cure for cancer.

During the trek, Ms Laudzevics will walk through rural villages in the Hebei Province, explore original sections of the Great Wall, visit Tiananmen Square and meet authentic villagers.

She said she was excited to take part in the trek and raise money for a cause close to her heart, but it would also give her an opportunity to reflect.

�Since my daughter has passed away, it�s the first time I�ve had time to myself,� she said.

�It�s an opportunity for me to go somewhere in the middle of nowhere and look out and get some perspective on why I�m here and she isn�t �.�

Ms Laudzevics said her determination to keep her daughter�s spirit alive is what makes her put one foot in front of the other and keep walking.

As part of her fundraising efforts, she is holding a fundraiser at the Cannington Bowling Club on Saturday, May 23.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Form tables of eight for $80, or $12.50 for a single. Visit to register. For more information, call Ms Laudzevics on 0414 949 011.

To donate, visit https://great wallofchina2014.everydayhero. com/au/karlees-army.