Winsulation Sponsors Melissa Downes for Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge 2016
For eight days, 18 bold trekkers will brave the harsh weather and shifting sands of the Simpson Desert in a quest to raise funds for Youngcare Australia. And Nine News’ Melissa Downes is one of them. Winsulation Double Glazing is proud to be a sponsor for Melissa for this extraordinary challenge.
Located within the driest region of Australia, the Simpson Desert is the world’s largest sand dune desert, and the fourth largest desert in Australia. Lying across the corners of three States – South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory – the desert covers an area of 176,500 km2 of dry, red sandy plain and dunes.
The Simpson Desert Challenge isn’t just the ultimate Australian adventure. The trek is physically and emotionally challenging, with trekkers finding themselves in a completely isolated environment with little control over personal choice – a similar situation that young people with high care needs face on a daily basis. The Challenge is a fundraising initiative to support the work that Youngcare does for over 7,000 young Australians with high care needs.
Melissa Downes has committed to raising $35,000 in aid of Youngcare Australia before leaving for the trek, which takes place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 8 May. Youngcare works to create real choices in care and relevant, age-appropriate accommodation for over 7,000 young Australians with high care needs. These youngsters currently live in aged care because there is nowhere else equipped to provide the support they need.