CF crusaders fly cape of a different hue

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Who’s that behind the mask? — why it’s none other than Donnybrook’s Kathryn Knoll.
Camera IconWho’s that behind the mask? — why it’s none other than Donnybrook’s Kathryn Knoll. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

People all over the world have heard of the caped crusader, also known as Batman, but not many people had heard of the cape crusaders, Kathryn Knoll, of Donnybrook and Rachael Hosking, of Mount Pleasant.

This pair of disease busting hikers recently returned from their biggest mission to date, walking the Cape to Cape trail in the name of cystic fibrosis.

The dynamic duo decided to take on the mammoth hike to raise awareness and funds for the battle against cystic fibrosis, a disease that has hit home them for almost two decades.

“Rachael and I have been friends since high school and she has a son with cystic fibrosis,” Mrs Knoll said.

“She had this goal to do Cape to Cape and fundraise so she asked me to join in.

“I didn’t know much about cystic fibrosis to be honest so I thought it was a great opportunity to find out more.”

The pair set off from the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse on November 2 and covered the 130km trek in just seven days.

Before their mission started, Ms Hosking set a goal of $10,000 to be raised in the lead up, during and after the event, a total which sat at $7500 on Friday.

“James is 19, so he’s a young adult living with cystic fibrosis and he was diagnosed jut before he turned 4,” she said.

“It’s a genetic condition so he struggles with that every day.”

Well on their way tot he $10,000 goal, the cape crusaders both said they planned to continue their fight against cystic fibrosis and were already planning their next big adventure.

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