Holiday trek to help save the children

MOST people would spend their time off sunning themselves by the pool or taking a kip under a palm tree somewhere warm, but Bev Phillips has no intention of putting her feet up when she goes on holiday later this year.

This November the Mount Waverley resident will spend her vacation trekking through Nepal to raise money for charity organisation Save the Children.

Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and flying over the Himalayas, Ms Phillips will be working with other volunteers to raise the standard of living for Nepalese communities.

The activities range from painting the walls to moving rocks and building birthing centres.

"I just felt that I wanted to do something more on a holiday than just go overseas and look at things," she said.

"I felt that I wanted to actually do something."

She's hoping to raise at least $4000 for Save the Children to help a village school.

Ms Phillips, a finance officer, has been preparing for the taxing journey by exercising at least three times a week.

"There are hills around Mount Waverley, so I attack those ones," she says with a laugh.

The 54-year-old has long been active and the decision to push herself mentally and physically is not a new one. She played sport in her 20s and 30s and, when she turned 40, took up cycling and decided to do the 600-kilometre Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Earlier this year, Ms Phillips volunteered to go on a camp at the school where she worked to get ready for her trip.

"I thought that would be a good part of my preparation just to make sure that I can carry a backpack, do 10-kilometre walks and keep up."

Asked whether she thought she was ready to tackle Nepal, she laughs. "I'll be more ready in a couple more weeks, I suppose."

To donate money to Bev Phillips and Save the Children visit: savethechildrenfundraising.org.au/bev_phillips_1.

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