THERE is not a mountain high enough to keep three Waylen Bay Sea Scout leaders from supporting the search for a cure for prostate cancer.
In November the Applecross and Ardoss based group of Katrona Jenkin, Margot Whittington and Dania Carson will take part in Save a Man: Mt Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise awareness and funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The women have all been touched by prostate cancer in some way, having either lost someone to prostate cancer, living with a survivor or with someone living with the disease.
The friendship between the three women tied them together in their mission.
Ms Whittington’s husband Keith Daddow was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago.
Mr Daddow was treated and is in remission.
“He was only 42 when he was diagnosed and we had three young children so it was a stressful time,” Mrs Whittington said.
Since then , Mrs Whittington and her husband have been campaigning and fundraising in whatever way they could .
Mr Daddow took part in the climb two years ago, raising $28,000 towards the trek and this year decided it was time for Mrs Whittington to give it a go.
With a minimum $4000 donation needed to take part in scaling Mt Kilimanjaro, Mrs Whittington said it was easier to raise the money than expected.
“It’s not hard to do… I’ve already reached my goal through one event,” she said.
A poker night for 40 friends and family did the job for Mrs Whittington, with the two other scout leaders well on their way with support from Mr Daddow through movie nights, barbecues and other fundraising events in the works.
“He helps out where ever he can,” Mrs Whittington said.
“You’re really not alone.”
The group is still recruiting members to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event, the five-day summit climb allowing 20 people along for the adventure.
With 12 signed on to take part, Mrs Whittington said “the more the merrier” and it was something you would never regret doing.
“It’s a great achievement, a true bucket list item,” she said.