Australian Jenna Brook completed a 15 day walk across 435km of desert this week.
Jenna set off across the Simpson Desert (which spans across the South Australia and Queensland) with hopes of raising $24,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
As the fourth largest Australian desert, it was home to numerous challenges for Jenna to combat.
The nights were bitterly cold, reaching freezing, and Jenna often a woke to ice. However, has the day continued and the temperature rose, she was faced with stinging headwinds and the dangers of the sun.
But these are challenges that Jenna had expected. Surpassingly, local wildlife proved to be a problem.
‘I saw three dingoes behind me, only no more than 40 metre and another three sort of appeared over a short period of time. So that was a little bit nerve racking I suppose, but we made it through so that was good’
Then there were the camels, who didn’t take too kindly to visitors to the desert.
‘But unfortunately it didn’t and it spotted me and assumed that I was in its territory or doing something that I shouldn’t be, and proceeded to chase me and forced me to take shelter behind a couple of trees and some Spinifix bushes’
But despite all of the challenges, Jenna maintained her focus on her chosen cause. Like The Wild Geese, this gave her a perseverance that couldn’t be beaten.
When Jenna arrived in her local Birdsville, ‘a good cheer went up’ to welcome her and the crowd joined her for some celebratory drinks.
Perhaps the best part of the adventure, however, is that she has managed to raise $25,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which is a lifeline for rural Australia.
Mr Di Marco, from the Royal Flying Doctor Service said that ‘this is not only a remarkable individual achievement, but also a wonderful fundraising result. On behalf of the RFDS, I sincerely thank and congratulate Jenna’.