Trek on track to help

For Sarah Tottle, signing up to trek the Inca Trail is hers.

Dr Tottle�s mum died last year in the UK, aged 68.

The Inca Trail Challenge is a four-day fundraising trek with burns victim Turia Pitt to help charity organisation Interplast provide free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged patients.

�I looked towards the amazing and inspirational burns victim Turia Pitt for strength and courage and needed something to put positive time and energy in to and in doing so, helping others,� the Carramar Medical Centre doctor said.

�I started following Turia�s story even before my mum passed.

�I read her book Everything to Live For when I was in the UK visiting my mum in February last year for her 68th birthday.

�I managed to get the book at Perth Airport.

�Turia was an amazing person before she got caught in that awful bushfire doing the ultra-marathon in the Kimberley.

�How she survived and has recovered physically and psychologically from this is almost unbelievable and to fight her way back to a good level of capability and fitness, and inspiring others in the meantime, is beyond words.

�I have so much respect and gratitude for Turia for showing me with strength and determination, one can adapt and overcome adversity.�

�I have been a doctor for half of my life, since the age of 22,� Dr Tottle said.

�However, I have always worked in countries where, on the whole, there is very easy access to healthcare.

�I admire Interplast�s work in disadvantaged countries in the Asia Pacific region and the provision of free surgery for congenital and acquired deformities such as cleft lips and also providing sustainable healthcare to those people for whom it is not readily available.

�Joining Turia on the Inca Trail Challenge and fundraising for Interplast makes a lot of sense to me and helps unite different areas of my life.�

So far, Dr Tottle has raised $8500 with support of her family, friends and medical practice. Her goal is to raise $10,000.

She trains at the gym in her lunch break and has teamed up with fellow northern suburbs trekker Sharon Kinraid walking around Lake Joondalup.

For more information or to donate, go to bit.ly/1Hc4HZY or visit the Carramar Medical Centre.