Trekking the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia |  <i>Ayla Rowe</i>

The Bloody Long Trek

Did you know that the powerhouses of our cells are the Mitochondria? They provide the body with over 90% of the energy it needs to sustain life. Mitochondrial disease (Mito) is a debilitating and potentially fatal disease that reduces the ability of the Mitochondria to produce this energy.

Next month, three lovers of the outdoors, Kay, Julie and Susie, are trekking the Larapinta to raise funds for the Mito Foundation, which funds research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease.

The Larapinta trail is one of Australia’s most iconic desert treks, following the ridgelines of the West MacDonnell ranges. Summiting Mount Sonder at daybreak provides a stunning view of the entire West MacDonnell ranges.

All three women have a personal connection to Mito and see a challenge like the Larapinta as the perfect opportunity to explore more of Australia while supporting others.

Susie’s young friend, Archie had Mito and often came to the pub trivia night with his grandmother and great aunt. He helped out on the night by wandering around the tables delivering the trivia rounds and collecting the responses. Susie has supported him in previous Bloody Long Walks. She felt that this challenge was the perfect way for her to extend that support while experiencing a magnificent part of Australia.

Susie - The Bloody Long Trek 2019

Kay is committed to supporting the Mito Foundation to ultimately find a cure as her granddaughter, Alana has Mito. Alana is now 6 years old and despite having many disabilities and requiring full time help and care, she greets Kay each day with a huge smile. She attends a special school and has regular therapy sessions to maximise her potential.  This provides Kay with inspiration. She says that the emotional connection helps keep her motivated to train and fundraise.

 Julie treks for her friends, who are unable to participate. “Australia has some beautiful places. Trekking through the Larapinta and supporting a cause close to my heart is a bonus for me,” she said.

Kudos to these three fabulous women. Julie sums up their philosophy with her favourite motivational quote: “Do what you can today because there are no guarantees for tomorrow”.

   Kay and Alana - Bloody Long Trek