Sally Patten and Jess Caire trek Kokoda Trail to raise money for Interplast

Helping hand: Jessica Caire and Sally Patten will trek the Kokoda Trail in May and have aimed to raise $10,000 for Interplast. Photo: David Leane.
Helping hand: Jessica Caire and Sally Patten will trek the Kokoda Trail in May and have aimed to raise $10,000 for Interplast. Photo: David Leane.

Two Murray Bridge women are helping to make a difference in transforming the lives of others, one step at a time. 

Sally Patten and Jessica Caire are training to tackle the 96-kilometre Kokoda Trail in May, but not before they raise $10,000 for Interplast – a charity organisation that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries.

Their inspiration and motivation: national hero Turia Pitt.

Ms Caire met Ms Pitt by chance at a recent business meeting and after hearing how she recovered from serious burns to 65 per cent of her body, decided to jump on board her latest fundraiser.

“As I heard Turia talk about her Kokoda trek and the work she does with Interplast, I realised I needed to be a part of this cause,” she said.

“Trekking Kokoda with this amazing woman, and my dear friend Sally, is likely to be one of the biggest challenges of my life. It was an opportunity that came up at the right time for both of us.”

Ms Patten was honoured to be invited to join Ms Caire and Ms Pitt on their Kokoda mission for Interplast, and said it was exactly the motivation she needed to achieve one of her lifelong goals. 

“I had always thought of doing Kokoda for my 40th, which is still a few years away, but when I was asked I thought ‘life’s too short so why not do it now’,” she said.

“I think it will be fantastic to go and spend a week and a half in the jungle with Jess and Turia and do something really good for us and other people as well.”

The women have already raised $4600 for the charity, with their biggest fundraiser yet to come.

In March, they will host A Night with Turia where Ms Pitt will share her enthralling message of overcoming adversity and the desire to never give up.

“Turia’s passion is infectious, and her inspirational story and never-give-up attitude are something that can motivate all of us,” Ms Caire said.

All profits from the event will be donated to charity.

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