Rachel Dioth and her daughter Amalya trekked from Laidley to Ipswich to raise money for cancer. PHOTO: Rob Williams, QT
Rachel Dioth and her daughter Amalya trekked from Laidley to Ipswich to raise money for cancer. PHOTO: Rob Williams, QT

12-year-old treks for charity

AGE is no boundary for Amalya Dioth.

The Laidley District State School student left Laidley bright and early on Sunday to walk the 45km journey from Ipswich.

Walking in the rain and battling steep hills wasn't enough to stop the 12-year-old, who aimed to raise $2000 for the Royal Children's Hospital Cancer Unit.

“I wanted to do something about something I was passionate about,” she said

She said she had always thought about children who were sick.

“I just think cancer would really be the most horrible thing that could happen to a kid and there is no cure and that just makes me really sad,” she said

“I just wanted to do something to help sick and disadvantaged kids.

“When I'm older my lifelong dream is to be a paediatrician.

“I want to help kids all around the world and raise money for kids in Kenya to build a hospital.”

Amalya said she wasn't sure what she was getting into before she started the walk.

“I have never walked that far,” she said

“I had driven on the road that we walked on and it was kind of hilly.

Amalya's mum, Rachel Dioth said nothing could have stopped Amalya.

“She is so determined and when she sets a goal, she will see it through,” she said

“The idea was she would do it because she can.

“She knew there was so many kids that couldn't so she had this idea.”

Mrs Dioth said her daughter blew her away with the plan.

“She just has amazing compassion for things like this,” she said

“I think it's amazing she is even thinking about it and the sadness some families have to go through.”

The walk finished at 4pm on Sunday, an hour ahead of time.


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