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Australian Survivor 2017 contestant Kat Dumont, pictured here with El competing in the Breakout Immunity Challenge Aganoa, will be walking the Great Wall of China to help abused and neglected children.
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Walking the Great Wall of China to help kids

Hi! My name is Kat and I am a 27 year old born and bred West Aussie who last year competed in Channel Ten’s Australian Survivor. I was one of 24 contestants who arrived on the tropical island of Samoa ready to ‘outwit, outplay and outlast’ in order to win half a million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor. I spent 23 gruelling days living in the jungle where my days were filled with challenges, strategy, and outright endurance. I lost over 10kgs and put my body and mind through absolute hell.

Although I did not win the coveted title and the $500,000 prize money, I came away with more than I could have ever imagined. I learnt about sacrifice. I learnt about my own inner strength. I learnt how to prove people wrong and how to never give up. I learnt how to rise above it. And most importantly, I learnt that taking risks and opening myself up to the possibility of stress, anxiety and the unknown isn’t as scary as I had first thought.

 

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Starting on 28 September, an intrepid group will spend eleven days trekking across China’s Great Wall to raise awareness and vital funds for abused and neglected children.

Act for Kids charity trek

So one year later, I am on to my next challenge. In September this year, alongside my fellow Survivor contestant and now good friend Sue Clarke, I will be trekking the Great Wall of China in the name of charity. Over eleven days I will be trekking along a remote section of the Great Wall outside Beijing. The places I will visit are quite remote and seldom visited, and although it will be tough, it will also be breathtakingly beautiful and extremely rewarding.

Our trek will be making a positive difference to the lives of abused and neglected kids throughout Australia as we trek for Act for Kids, which is an Australian charity that provides free services to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Established in 1988, it has helped thousands of children affected by abuse and neglect by delivering a range of services to help children, families, and carers. Their services include intensive therapy, sexual abuse counselling, help for families at risk, teen mentoring, a specialist preschool, safe houses in remote indigenous communities, and protective behaviour’s programs. Whilst they receive some government funding, they rely heavily on donations, fundraising and community support to provide free treatment for children and their families.

So, not only will I be testing myself physically, emotionally and mentally once again – I will also be raising funds for an amazing cause.

Unlike Survivor, this Trek is something that everyone can be involved in. If you’d like to be a part of my journey and help raise funds for an amazing charity, please donate here.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.

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Kat Dumont

A Project Officer at The University of Western Australia, Kat Dumont is known to fans of Australian Survivor after competing in the 2017 Samoan series. Kat's next challenge involves an 11-day trek along the Great Wall of China to support Act For Kids, an Australian charity that provides free services to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

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