and Dianne Koplewsky who will be
Doing the Thailand Jungle Trek
to raise money for Action
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TWO Crumlin child care workers, who both lost
a parent to cancer, will be taking huge steps to raise money for
Both Bronagh Henry, who lost her father Hugh
to cancer, and Diane Koplewsky, whose mother Elizabeth died of
skin cancer, will be taking part in Action Cancer's Trek to
Thailand next February. Their gruelling week long trek will be
through hilly jungle terrain in 34 degree humidity.
Their aim is to raise £8000 through bag
packing events, quizzes, a disco and a sponsored bounce by the
children at their creche Sleepy Hollow.
Money will go toward cancer prevention,
support and early detection services in Northern Ireland and
both Bronagh and Diane particularly want their funds to go
towards helping children.
And wasting no time both have already
embarked on a training scheme six days a week.
Diane, Director and Area Manager of Sleepy
Hollow, whose mother died on Mothers Day 2003 said: "I wanted to
do something positive. Bronagh and I have raised money for
cancer charities but we both felt that we wanted to do something
more specifically for Northern Ireland. "My mother died from
skin cancer which is quite rare in Northern Ireland so education
is important and awareness too." Bronagh, who lost her father
Hugh eight years ago to rapid cell cancer, wants to do the trek
in memory of him. He died ten days after he was diagnosed and
Bronagh says that if it helps one person their trek will not be
done in vain.
She said: "If it saves just one life or helps
one person then it will be all worth it. Before my father died I
had heard of cancer but it is not until something like this
happens to you that you realise just how important it is not
only to raise awareness but funds as well."
Anyone who would like to make a donation or
help in anyway can ring Bronagh on 02894453976 or 07920111417.