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Tracey’s Tassie trek for a cause

Melbourne grandmother Tracey Spithill has walked the entire length of Tasmania to raise vital funds for a cause close to her heart.

In 30 days, Ms Spithill raised more than $6000 for Australian-based charity Destiny Rescue, an organisation dedicated to protecting children across the globe.

Beginning at Low Head on 20 March, Ms Spithill walked more than 300km south to Hobart, finishing the final leg of her challenge at the summit of kunanyi/ Mount Wellington on 19 April.

“I visited Thailand with my daughter in 2016 and saw first-hand the impact of child sex exploitation and it moved me deeply,” she said.

“I’m still emotional about it today so if someone like me can do a trek like this at my age then I think anyone can.”

This was the second time Ms Spithill had completed a walking challenge for Destiny Rescue – in 2018 she walked from Sydney to Melbourne and raised more than $7500.

“Destiny Rescue operates in nine countries across the Asia Pacific and African region and it costs on average $1,800 to rescue one child from sexual slavery,” she said. Destiny Rescue CEO

Paul Mergard said people like Ms Spithill who were willing to give up their time to help fight against the world’s fastest growing crisis were truly incredible.

“The fundraising efforts from these amazing people will go towards investigative work, rescue and recovery, reintegration and ongoing protection of young girls across the globe,” he said.

“Her act of kindness and generosity will be life-changing for the young children we rescue tomorrow.”

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