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Heidi versus the Great Wall

Saturday, 16th May, 2015

Local Heidi Drenkhahn will be off on an adventure in October to fundraise for mobile dialysis units. Local Heidi Drenkhahn will be off on an adventure in October to fundraise for mobile dialysis units.

By Emily Roberts

Local Heidi Drenkhahn will be off on an adventure in October while also fundraising for Kidney Health Australia.

Heidi is taking part in the charity’s Great Wall of China Challenge to raise money for the Big Red Kidney Bus project.

The project allows rural dialysis users to enjoy holidays with friends and families while still having access to their vital treatment.

They provide a mobile dialysis unit in popular holiday spots around Australia which dialysis users can book in to.

The aim of this fundraising is to have more buses and to fit them out with mobile dialysis units in order to make this unique holiday service available to more dialysis patients around Australia.

“I decided to take part in this challenge in December last year,” Heidi said.

“It was promoted through a Kidney Health newsletter and I thought; “Why not?”

“It’s on my bucket list - I can do something I want to do, whilst fundraising for a cause I believe in.”

Heidi will spend five days trekking the Great Wall of China.

“I think there will be up to 20 of us from across Australia trekking for the fundraiser,” she said.

She has been preparing herself for the trip.

“When I went home at Christmas time, I did a national park hike,” Heidi said.

“It made me realise that I might struggle with my hips and knees.

“The organisers provided a booklet on how to prepare yourself for it.

“I will do some hikes in the national parks surrounding Broken Hill - I will try and be physically ready.”

Heidi said she is looking forward to the trip.

“I am really keen, I think it is a really great idea to have mobile dialysis units.”

She said the next place to have a mobile unit could be Mildura.

To go on the trip, Heidi has to raise $3,500. She has already held a barbecue but has some other fundraisers planned.

“I’m hoping to raise that at least; it will be really good to be able to fundraise to kit out a bus,” she said.

On Monday, Heidi will be holding a cake stall at the Broken Hill Hospital, in the foyer.

She will also be selling raffle tickets.

“I will be planning more events like a trivia night at the South Football Club where the funds raised could be split between me and the women’s football team,” Heidi said.

“I would like to thank everyone that has offered their services to bake - it is really helpful and very humbling.’

To help raise her target of $3,500, Heidi is encouraging everyone to come down between 9.30am - noon.

For more information or to donate online visit https://khagreatwall2015.everydayhero.com/au/heidi

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