Thursday, 2 July 2020
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Freedom climb goes online for 2020

Something like a global pandemic isn’t going to get in the road of the 2020 Boonah Freedom Climb.

It does mean however, that there is going to be a bit of a shake up, it’s going virtual.

20ks in 20 days is the tagline, and it is as simple as that - 20 kilometres in 20 days in your own time, at your own pace and in your own space.

One of the organisers of the Boonah Climb, Vicki Hinrichsen, said restriction meant climbing a mountain together was out of the question.

“Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t all climb the beautiful Mt Edwards together this year,” she said.

“So, Boonah Freedom Climb 2020 looks a little different, you can choose whether you run, walk, cycle, hike or swim your 20kms over the 20 days from June 20, 2020 until July 10, 2020. 

“You could even mix it up and do something different each day.”

The event, in its sixth year, raises funds for women and children who are at risk of human trafficking, exploitation and modern-day slavery and all proceeds raised go to Project Freedom in Cambodia.

Project Freedom is based in Phnom Penh and aims to support the vulnerable who are living in slum dwellings and surviving on minimal resources and money. 

Organiser Tracey Rieck said the cost of entering was $10 for an adult and $5 for a student and to sign up go to ordinaryheroes.org.au/boonahfc.

“You can donate or sponsor someone and we will keep in contact with all of the entrants on Facebook,” Tracey said. 

“Since the last climb the project has moved closer to the slums in Phnom Phen, meaning there is more direct access to help.

“They are also under lockdowns over there, so gathering at the project for school is out of the question, so they are delivering educational packets, food and medicine around the slums for now.

“We are very excited for the Boonah Freedom Climb – 20k’s in 20 days, and look forward to people joining us for this new look challenge. 

“We may not be able to climb together but we can still make a difference together.”