Donna Pottinger is cycling from Sydney to Alice Springs to raise money for the Starlight Foundation.
Donna Pottinger is cycling from Sydney to Alice Springs to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. Claudia Baxter

3000km cycle to raise money for Starlight children

Donna Pottinger is cycling from Sydney to Alice Springs to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Donna Pottinger is cycling from Sydney to Alice Springs to raise money for the Starlight Foundation. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

INTREPID adventurer Donna Pottinger will pedal some 3000km from Sydney to Alice Springs next month to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The bike ride is a mere warm up for the Walloon woman, who will make the gruelling ascent to the base camp of Mt Everest next April.

Mrs Pottinger, a self-acclaimed thrill seeker, has set a target of raising $6000 for charity before the hitting the Himalayas.

Her motto is: Helping sick children smile one mountain at a time.

"I feel so fortunate that I am healthy and strong, so I wanted to give back something in return," she said. "These are kids that are never going to have the opportunity to do the things I can do in my life. It's given me a purpose to really help them out.

"When they are granted a wish it's the most amazing thing in their lives. Some of them don't live past their teens. To be able to give them a bit of magic and make their life exciting for one day is just amazing."

The 38-year-old will depart Sydney on April 13 and cycle into Alice Springs on Anzac Day.

"I love riding, so this is a challenge for me," Mrs Pottinger said. "I'm looking forward to base camp, but I know it is going to be exceptionally hard. I haven't started training yet. So part of the bike ride is to get my self prepared for the big event."

Mrs Pottinger, who works as a personal trainer and martial arts instructor, has already climbed Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and competed in triathlons around the state. She will celebrate her 39th birthday on the bike ride "somewhere near Broken Hill" and have another reason to smile once she reaches base camp next year.

"On my 40th I will be on, if not close to base camp," she said. "I hope to place a Starlight flag at the top. For the next two birthdays I will be out somewhere in the world on an adventure."

The community have backed Mrs Pottinger, helping her to raise $3000 so far. To show you support, visit everydayhero.com.au/donna_pottinger.


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