Emma Hathaway with Jazmin.
Emma Hathaway with Jazmin.

Variety is spice of life for Emma

Former Alstonville High student Emma Hathaway is preparing for the trip of a lifetime. She will be trekking to the top of the world (well, the Mount Everest base camp) to raise money for the children's charity Variety.

Emma spends her time between Lismore and Brisbane these days and hopes to raise $50,000 before she starts the trip, which will take her 15 days, over 92 kilometres and up 5364 metres above sea level.

It seems Emma knows a thing or two about fundraising. For the past 18 months she has been involved with 'Young Variety' and through her volunteer work with them she been involved in a fun run (with people dressed as Santa), a chefs' ball that involved eight of Brisbane's top chefs, a Christmas in July event at the Royal Children's Hospital, an art show and the River Fire Ball.

Through Variety, Emma met 10-year-old Jazmin, who was born with a rare muscle disorder called 'arthrogryposis' that makes daily tasks difficult for her. Jazmin has endured many surgeries, leaving her spine permanently fused and unable to grow. An assistance dog for Jazmin, with all the training and ongoing care, will cost $25,000 but would give Jazmin more independence and mobility.

"When I met Jazmin it was a bit of a sign," Emma said. "I have a seven-month-old niece called Jasmine and if she hadn't been born fit and healthy, it would be someone like Variety helping out."

Emma, who is already in serious training mode, said she was expecting the trip to be a huge mental and physical task, but said the kids Variety helps go through that every day.

She is leaving in mid-April and if you would like to help her reach her goal, you can contact Emma at emma_ hathaway@hotmail.com or visit www.everydayhero. com.au/hero_pages/view_posts /EmmaHathaway to make a donation.


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