Kylie Travaglia and Catriona Brotherton get geared up for Mt Warning. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily News
Kylie Travaglia and Catriona Brotherton get geared up for Mt Warning. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Climb Mount Warning for a cancer cure

A FITNESS group based in Banora Point is making big strides to tackle cancer.

Kylie Travaglia and her fitness clients will tackle Mount Warning next month with Climb for a Cure, to mark 20 years since a local woman lost her mother to cancer.

Banora Point resident Catriona Brotherton was just 14 when her mother died from breast cancer in their home city of Cork, Ireland.

Ms Brotherton said she would return there to run the Cork City Marathon in her mum's honour in June, but not before tackling the mountain with her fitness buddies.

"Kylie came up with the idea," she said.

"My brother and I were going back (to Ireland) regardless."

Ms Brotherton said she would look into fundraising during the Ireland trip.

She said taking a stand against cancer was a big deal for her, including raising awareness and keeping as fit as possible.

"You can set yourself up to take back a lot of the power," Ms Brotherton said.

Ms Travaglia said all fitness levels would be welcome to take part.

"We get some competitive people and we get some social people," she said.

"It's good because it gets it out there. It's more a fun day," she said.

She said the group hoped to raise $2000, and a raffle would be drawn at the top of Mount Warning.

Twin Towns Runners Club member Terry Cokeley said he would be taking part if he overcame an injury.

Mr Cokeley lost his daughter Elizabeth to breast cancer.

He said his daughter raised about $50,000 for breast cancer research before she died.

"It gives me goosebumps just talking about it," he said.

Mr Cokeley said he was not sure if he would run up Mount Warning because he had a hamstring injury.

Nonetheless, he said the fundraising efforts of the group were "inspirational".

"It's a bloody awful disease," he said.

Mr Cokeley and wife Alison had been heavily involved in fundraising efforts since losing their daughter.

Registration for Climb for a Cure is $30, with all funds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

To register, contact Kylie at kylietravaglia@ bigpond.com or call 0405 227 221 by March 15.

The climb

Where: Mount Warning

When: Sunday, March 29 from 7.30am.



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