Collingwood Woman Treks to Everest Basecamp in Memory of Her Brother

Victoria Morley aims to spread awareness on addiction struggles and grief support for children

From the Blue Mountains to the Himalayas, Victoria Morley is set to trek in memory of her brother.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old from Collingwood began a roughly two-and-a-half-week climb to her goal, the basecamp of Mount Everest.

Throughout the journey, Morley will be carrying a flag that represents the spirit of her brother Michael, who passed away from a long battle with addiction on Christmas Day 2018.  

“It seemed only fitting to follow his advice and accomplish something I never imagined,” Morley stated in a media release. “The timing of this trek will allow me to take back this day.”

Michael was Her Hero, Her Champion

An avid athlete, her brother Michael was an Ontario Champion boxer and represented Ontario at the Canadian Nationals in both 2005 and 2006. He was her hero and champion and attributes much of what she’s accomplished in life to him and his impact.

To honour her brother, Morley started a GoFundMe page last October, which would have been Michael’s 30th birthday, to raise money for the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children in Barrie – an organization she attended as a youth.

Website Link: Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

“When Michael and I were younger, we lost our mom to ovarian cancer,” Morley told Barrie 360. “They work with grieving children from around the community to help support them through various means.”

Morley and her brother were ten and 17 when their mother Bo passed away. She then joined the Seasons Centre’s Peer Support Programs.

“I think their work is very, very important,” Morley said. “It does risk mitigation for things that could happen in the future. They really start from the root cause looking at grief when you’re a child and make sure it gets addressed, and that you have the support you need so you’re able to flourish moving forward.”

Michael’s Fighting Spirit Lives On

The goal of her fundraiser was $6,000 – it’s now reached $7,000 – and she’ll be donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to the organization that’s played a big role in her life.

Rowley Ramey, Managing Director of Seasons Centre, said in a statement: “The effects of Seasons Centre carries on beyond the programming. It is a full-circle moment for Victoria to have received help and in turn is helping others. She is a brave young woman and we wish her a successful trip.” 

Morley encourages people to share Michael’s story to raise awareness about addiction struggles, and grief support for children.

To find out more about Victoria Morley’s Campaign go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bvqnz-everest-base-camp-for-mike.

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