Friendship taken to new heights

Moira Clay and Karin Smith.
Moira Clay and Karin Smith.

Professor Moira Clay and Karin Smith are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they take on the 2013 Chamonix Challenge as part of a team of 10 climbers representing the Telethon Adventurers.

Eight days of climbing will culminate in reaching the peak of 4000m Gran Paradiso, the highest mountain in the Italian Alps.

The Telethon Adventurers was established in 2010 by Rick Parish, who is also part of the climbing team, after his four-year-old son Elliot Parish fought and eventually lost his battle with cancer.

Moria is director of medical research at the Telethon Institute and completed last year’s Chamonix Challenge, raising more than $20,000.

‘As a medical researcher I have been privileged to witness many advances in health from research, but there are still children dying from cancer because we don’t have the answer,’ she said.

‘Elliot Parish has lifted me and inspired me and I know we will win the war on childhood cancer, for all kids now and in the future.’

This is Karin’s first time taking on a mountain and she embraced the challenge after training alongside Moira as she prepared for last year’s event.

‘Becoming an Adventurer and climbing Gran Paradiso will challenge me both physically and emotionally and to be fit and healthy enough to even attempt this is reason enough for me,’ she said.

Moira and Karin have committed to raising $10,000 each.

You can donate to Karin’s fundraising total by visiting www.theadventurers.com.au/content/our_adventurers/karin_smith/210 or to Moira’s total at www.theadventurers.com.au/content/our_adventurers/moira_clay/131.