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A step in the right direction

In Australia, cervical cancer is in the top twenty causes of death, affecting many Australian women. This specific type of cancer affects thousands of women across the world and a survivor of the disease, Samantha Brown along with her daughter Gabriella, are heading to Nepal on April the 8th with the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to help give back to the community. Sam first became aware of her cancer in 2009 and was fortunate enough to beat the disease. That, it self- proving to be an inspiration. Then in 2016, both Samantha and her daughter joined the ACCF by telling Sam’s story and becoming apart of the team, helping to raise awareness for cervical cancer. This year, Sam and Gabby set their minds to start fundraising for the clinic that is run in Nepal. Cervical cancer is the leading killer of women in developing countries, with over 270,000 deaths occurring in Nepal each year. If it wasn’t for the ACCF, the women of Nepal would not have the vital access to medical services and processes such as screening, that help them immensely. Many women in Nepal walk for days to reach this clinic, to get vaccinations to prevent the disease. This is a generational issue, with women in Nepal walking kilometres with their daughters to get them immunised against the deadly disease. These vaccinations in first world countries, specifically Australia, are given to girls in school to prevent this cancer, but for young girls in Nepal this preventative measure is not so easily accessible. While in Nepal these inspiring ladies will be helping to rebuild parts of the clinic severely affected by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. This 8.5 magnitude earthquake caused devastating effects towards this clinic and the ACCF is now working on getting the full facility back to its original state. Samantha and Gabriella will also be trekking to various places such as Namache Bazaar, which is known as being ‘a highway to the Himalayas’. Namache Bazaar is the furthest place a person can trek to without heading to the Everest base camp. They will also be trekking to Sir Edmund Hillary’s school of the clouds. The school was named after a famous expeditioner Sir Edmund Hillary, who helped the Sherpa people of Nepal. He created the Himalayan Trust, which has helped and continues to help many schools and hospitals to be constructed in more remote regions of the Himalayas. Both significant places will allow the ladies to gain a further cultural experience of Nepal. Samantha and Gabriella both have stated that they feel extremely privileged and honoured to be able to help and participate in such an outstanding cause. These local Bribie Island mother and daughter are showing their dedication and emotion for such a noteworthy cause, proving to be inspirations that are helping the ACCF take a step forward for cervical cancer in both Australia and Nepal.

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