Wynnum woman treks out of comfort zone for abused kids

August 26, 2015

Next month Wynnum resident Tania Bolam will be trekking, cycling and kayaking 100km across Vietnam to raise awareness and funds for Australian charity Act for Kids, which works to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

Eleven Brisbanites will be participating in the Trek for Kids challenge, which kicks off in Hanoi on 30 September.

Four staff from insurance provider Budget Direct, including Tania, are taking part and each aim to raise a minimum of $3600 towards the charity. Budget Direct is sponsoring their travel and accommodation expenses and is holding a companywide Superhero Day on 9 September to help raise more funds. All staff will be asked to dress up as a superhero for the day for a gold coin donation.

So far Tania has raised just over $2100 towards her goal and is training for the challenge in earnest.

“I'm honoured to dedicate my time and challenge my fitness for Act for Kids to raise as much money as I possibly can for children who deserve it the most,” says Tania. “I'm adventurous and I like to get outside of my comfort zone, so I hope to explore and learn new things about myself through my trip to Vietnam.”

Act for Kids, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Neil Carrington, said the Vietnam challenge will help raise much-needed funds and awareness so Act for Kids can continue to give children and young people the support they need for a brighter future.

“We aim to raise over $40,000 which will directly go back into our free integrated therapy programs. It’s amazing to see so many determined people wanting to promote the work we do, and know that their fundraising efforts will help create better outcomes for all kids living in Australia.”

To find out more or donate, please visit http://trekforkids.com.au/

For further information or interviews please contact Jonathan Kerr, Director, Marketing & Digital, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8801 or mediaenquiries@budgetdirect.com.au

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international BHL Group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.