Valley Kitchen Kooralbyn to host charity function

TREKKING: Kooralbyn's Jenzell Bartlett is taking on a 223km trek for brain cancer research.

TREKKING: Kooralbyn's Jenzell Bartlett is taking on a 223km trek for brain cancer research.

SCENIC Rim women will come together Saturday night at the Valley Kitchen Kooralbyn for their Ladies’ Night In to raise funds and show support for Janzell Bartlett.

Ms Bartlett said she would be embarking on a five-day, 223km mountainous trek in May next year along Larapinta in the Northern Territory, seen as one of Australia’s premier walking tracks.

She said it would be the first time she had attempted the trek, in honour of her mother who died of brain cancer seven years ago at the age of 57.

“I am embarking on this trek to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research,” she said.

“Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies for Brain Cancer and the Mark Hughes Foundation campaign have put a spotlight on brain cancer but a lot of people don’t know how bad it really is.

“Out of the 1600 people diagnosed every year, 1200 die in a short time frame. My mum only survived nine months after she was diagnosed.”

The Kooralbyn resident said there was also a need for more support for families of those afflicted.

“It takes a lot to care for someone with brain cancer,” she said.

“Unlike breast cancer and other cancers, brain cancer affects your ability to think, move and speak. It affects your whole body.

“Many people are also unaware that brain cancer can strike at any age.

“It kills more children than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.”

The walk starts at  the old Alice Springs telegraph station and ends at the peak of Mount Sonder.

VK spokeswoman Janis Nicklas said the community looked forward to helping Janzell in her fundraising efforts.

“We are providing a complementary drink at the door and gourmet nibbles all evening, with live music and raffles throughout the night,” she said.

“We know that the community will see the $30 door price as a worthy contribution to a very noble cause.”

Ms Nicklas said this was the third time VK had run a fundraiser for cancer research..

“Last year more than 70 women attended the event and raised about $2000.”

VK owner Toni Cooper said the cafe ran an annual fundraiser for cancer research, with the first event being for Ms Bartlett’s cause. 

“Our major prize each year is a night for two at Tuckeroo Cottages at Barney View,” she said.

“We also have other smaller raffles and prizes from local people and businesses.”

Doors open at 7pm and the event will run until 10pm. RSVP to Toni on 0435 113 171.

Valley Kitchen is at 290 Wellington-Bundock Drive in Kooralbyn.

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