96five is thrilled to again support the Boonah Freedom Climb as a way to raise awareness and much needed funds for Project Freedom in Cambodia, and to combat human trafficking & modern-day slavery.
Listen: Ken & Nicky speak to Vicki Hinrichsen from the Boonah Freedom Climb about this year’s event.
The last two years had seen COVID restrictions force the cancellation of the actual climb up Mt Edwards in the Scenic Rim, and replaced with a virtual 20 ks in 20 days. The virtual events saw participants undertaking their own walks, hikes, runs, rides or swims to raise money for Project Freedom, with 2021’s event raising close to $40,000 for the Cambodian charity.
This year the climb returns to the mountain! So participants in this year’s Freedom Climb have two options – to only undertake the 20 ks in 20 days, or to also add the Mt Edwards hike on Saturday April 30.
The Boonah Freedom Climb is a great way to get the whole family active, whilst also supporting the work of Project Freedom in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh based charity aims to address the suffering and oppression faced by the poor – by improving the spiritual, mental and physical health of vulnerable groups, particularly families and children.
Specifically, Project Freedom targets children at risk of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the families of child abuse victims and Cambodian families affected by domestic violence.
It’s easy to be involved in the Boonah Freedom Climb, you just need to register either as an individual or as a team on their website. Once registered you can start planning your fundraising with the included fundraising page, which you can then share with friends, family and your social networks.
If you’re only doing the 20 ks in 20 days, you can do them however you wish; you can walk, run, cycle or swim; even walking the dog or an exercise bike counts, so this is a super accessible way to raise funds for a great cause. And you don’t have to limit yourself to 20 kilometres – you can set your distance to whatever will be a challenge for you.
Things to consider if you’re going to include climbing Mt Edwards:
- Due to the nature of the climb, and for safety and insurance purposes you must be aged 10 or above
- The climb is around a 3 to 3.5 hour round trip – find more information about climbing Mt Edwards at the Moogerah Peaks National Park website
- Climbers will ascend in groups, which for safety reasons you’ll need to stay with at all times
- The climb is not a timed event or race
For all the information about registrations, fundraising and climbing Mt Edwards visit the Boonah Freedom Climb website.