Gabrielle Lee

Cause: Leukaemia Foundation
Adventure: Machu Picchu Challenge 2016: Leukaemia Foundation

As our Fundraiser of the Month, Gabrielle has scored herself a $50 donation to her fundraising page. To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What inspired you to take on your Inspired Adventure for the Leukaemia Foundation?

I love a challenge and I have never been overseas. I stumbled across the Inspired Adventures website and when I saw the Machu Picchu trek for the Leukaemia Foundation, I didn’t need to put any more thought into it. I booked it instantly. When my brother Josh was 5 years old, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. We are very close, born just 12 months apart. Josh spent a year at Westmead Children’s Hospital where he underwent a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. My mum didn’t have much money and relied heavily on support services such as transport, financial assistance, accommodation, education and emotional support. Being a cause so close to my heart, I love any opportunity to fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation. Josh is now 26 years old and fortunately, very healthy. He’s especially excited for the adventure I’m about to take!

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead?

I’m excited! I am eager to meet my team who seem to be such like-minded and inspiring people. I’m a little bit nervous about the difficulty of the trek but I’m sure it will be a great experience and I can’t wait to take on one of the most beautiful treks in the world!

What have been some of your more successful fundraising ideas so far?

Having a fundraiser BBQ at Bunnings would be the most successful event I have held so far. It was great to get out in the community and talk to people about the foundation and why I’m raising money. I had such a supportive team of family, close friends, and even some acquaintances who turned out to be more generous than I could have ever imagined!

"Seeing how helpful and generous people can be would have to be the ultimate highlight."

What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?

Just seeing how helpful and generous people can be would have to be the ultimate highlight. Getting a donation from someone who you least expect really warms the heart. Meeting people while fundraising and hearing stories about their experiences with leukaemia, whether it is their own, a friend or family member, it makes me feel so determined and motivated to do all that I can for the foundation.

What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?

I joined the Machu Picchu group in December and so I haven’t had long to get organised. My biggest challenge has been the financial struggle that comes with any overseas trip. I just stay focused on what’s ahead and how much this cause means to me. I have been working hard to get myself to Peru and it’s not hard to remind myself why I’m doing this.

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

My priorities have changed. I am so driven and determined to be a better person and challenge myself more.

What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming adventure to Peru?

I’m most looking forward to meeting the rest of the Inca trekkers, experiencing the Peruvian culture and of course, getting to Machu Picchu!

"My priorities have changed. I am so driven and determined to be a better person and challenge myself more."

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

It will be the best thing you’ve ever done. Work hard and don’t give up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way, and have fun!

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