Take on Mt Everest to support cancer fight

GOLD Coasters are invited to gain the ultimate experience while showing their support for Queenslanders impacted by cancer through a new and adventurous Cancer Council Queensland fundraiser.

Everest One will see participants tackling Mount Everest, trekking to Base Camp on the highest mountain in the world.

The expedition is a 19 day trek that includes a night camping at Everest Base Camp, a privilege rarely granted to trek groups.


Cancer Council Queensland ambassador and event organiser Sharon Cohrs was the first breast cancer survivor in the world to summit the mountain and together with her husband Allan Cohrs scored the title of first Australian couple to reach the summit.

Sharon is now urging others to take part in the exhilarating once in a lifetime opportunity in support of a wonderful cause.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy and set myself the goal of climbing Mount Everest with my husband, Allan,” Mrs Cohrs said.

“If you believe in yourself, it’s surprising what you can achieve, and I want people to conquer their own Everest – just like I did.

“Climbing Everest was a very special moment for me, something that I’ll remember for a lifetime and something that I want to share with others while making a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer.”

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the charity was excited to be part of the Everest One event and looked forward to offering Cancer Council supporters such a unique opportunity.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a small group of eight to 20 people to make a difference while taking part in something that is truly great and unforgettable,” Ms Clift said.

“Being able to reach the Base Camp of Mount Everest with Sharon Cohrs, the first breast cancer survivor in the world to summit the mountain, and enjoy the scenery and the adventure while showing your support for others impacted by cancer – is something that is courageous, heart-warming and unforgettable.

“It’s the journey of a lifetime and funds raised will support Cancer Council Queensland’s important work in cancer research, education and patient support programs.”

The Everest One trek will start from Kathmandu in April 2015. Each participant is challenged to raise a minimum of $5000 for Cancer Council Queensland by March 30, 2015 in order to go on the trek.

Those who register their interest in the fundraiser at www.everestone.com.au will go through a physical and training plan.