ST JOHN of God Hospital Subiaco liver surgeon Professor Luc Delriviere will soon attempt to traverse the Narrow Plateaux of the Antarctic Peninsula to raise funds for the Liver Foundation Western Australia.
The 200km journey, which only four people have ever undertaken, will commence on December 28 and will take six weeks to complete.
Professor Delriviere will be joined by his wife Bronwyn and six others.
Swanbourne residents Professor Delriviere and Bronwyn are both enthusiastic polar travellers and have trained for over five years in preparation for the expedition.
As part of their intense training program, they regularly exercise at the beach and in the Perth Hills, and have also visited Norway and Nepal to enhance their ice climbing and sledge-pulling skills.
Professor Delriviere said in addition to challenging his own limits he hoped to inspire others to find their passion for helping people in need.
“Most importantly, we want to increase awareness of liver disease and raise much needed funds for the Liver Foundation Western Australia,” he said.
He said they hoped to raise a total of $500,000 in funding to go straight to the foundation and some will pay for the expedition.
“We’ve currently raised $30,000 but hope to raise more,” he said.
“The funds will help the organisation to carry out important research into the prevention and treatment of liver disease and cancers.
“It will also benefit a variety of their programs including the Kid’s Initiative which provides financial assistance and support to families of children who require a liver transplant.”
To make a donation or to follow the expedition, please visit www.liver.org.au.