What is HOPE?


My name is Sarah Rowe and the famous Kokoda trek has been on my ‘to do’ list for a long while. Now the time just seems right for me to tackle this challenge.

I had the idea that I would like to raise some awaresness and money for a charity that I have a real passion for, alongside my preparation and training for the epic adventure ahead and thus ‘Get Fit For HOPE‘ came about.

Hope Bereavement is a charity that I am very passionate about! Being a bereaved aunty I know the important work that HOPE carries out. They have NO government support and therefore rely on community donations to be able to continue with support Geelong Families.

HOPE Bereavement Care provides counselling and educational services for families and others who have experienced the sudden or unexpected death of a child anywhere from 20 weeks to 18 years of age. HOPE also carries out the work of SIDS and Kids Victoria in the Barwon region.

My twin niece and nephew were born on the 8th of August 2001. James Thomas and Alison Maree were born happy and healthy, 10 weeks later James fell asleep never to wake up again, Alison followed 30 weeks later on Mother’s Day. Without the support of HOPE I might have lost more of my family.

I am dedicating my walk on the Kokoda Trek to my two beautiful little angels, James and Alison.

I invite all of you to come and train with me, whilst also helping to spread the word of HOPE. I have partnered with Tim Leposa from Fit For Living to set up a fundraiser called “Get Fit For Hope” The idea is to have people getting themselves fit and Fit For Living donating funds to Hope to support the Bereaved families.

All the details are on the flier please see and get yourself a spot because spots will be limited.

Lets’ create awareness and help this very worthy cause!

Sincerely Sarah Rowe and Tim Leposa