Family climb to honour Pauline

Gerry Coleman released a Cancer Council balloon in Hawaii to honour his sister.
Gerry Coleman released a Cancer Council balloon in Hawaii to honour his sister.

A VOLCANIC eruption in Bali last month meant a last minute change of plans for Gerry (55) and Ben (21) Coleman who hoped to complete a fundraising climb of Mount Agung.

While the ash clouds wreaked havoc on many Perth holidaymakers, it almost put a stop to the Colemans’ heartfelt attempts planned for November 15.

Gerry’s sister Pauline died at age 55 in 2008 from bowel cancer.

As an alternative, their flight carrier gave the Bassendean residents a choice between Darwin and Hawaii and they opted for the international destination.

“Honolulu is on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which is one big volcano with many peaks and craters, so the trekking was awesome,” Gerry said.

“We climbed Diamond Head and KoKo crater, which were not as high as Mount Agung in Bali but were extremely steep with an angle grade of 60 degrees.

“At the top of KoKo crater, Ben and I released a symbolic Cancer Council balloon which ascended to the heavens.”

Gerry said the pair planned to complete the climb in Bali on March 23, 2016.

The pair has raised almost $2000 so far for the Cancer Council WA.