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Great Wall trek will raise epilepsy funds

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March 01, 2017

On you marks: Sam Crosby and Esther Waininau are getting ready to go to China.

In memory of one of their friends, two Cobram Secondary College students are about to embark on a trek across the Great Wall of China.

Sam Crosby and Esther Waininau have been in training for months getting ready for their adventure.

Their fundraising efforts will make a huge difference to countless Australians and their families living with epilepsy.

After Esther’s boyfriend and Sam’s best friend, 16-year-old Tristan Wadeson, died last year, this cause is very close to their hearts.

They originally pledged to raise $4000 for the Epilepsy Foundation but have since exceeded this amount and are looking to raise $6000.

‘‘For this challenge we will be in China for 10 days, five of those days we will trek over some very tough sections of the wall, trekking four to six hours each day,’’ Esther said.

‘‘The people from the Great Wall Trek For Epilepsy 2017 gave us some tips to train for the actual event, so we have just been going on hikes a lot.’’

The students will start their walk on April 20.

Helping them raise extra money are the Barooga Football Club under-17s and Cobram Roar Soccer Club under-18s, who have united for the cause with a community car wash.

The car wash starts at 9am in front of Ballerini’s Bricks in Cobram on Saturday, March 4.

It will cost $10 per car for an outside clean only (soap, rinse and chamois).

There will also be a barbecue running all day with $2 sausages and $5 burgers.

●If you would like to donate to their cause, search for ‘Sam and Esther Great Wall Trek for Epilepsy’ on Facebook.

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