Ballarat boy to celebrate birthday climbing mountains for charity

WORTH EVERY PEAK: Bailey Tuddenham hopes to raise $11,000 by climbing 11 peaks. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric
WORTH EVERY PEAK: Bailey Tuddenham hopes to raise $11,000 by climbing 11 peaks. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

A TEN-year-old Ballarat boy will haul himself up 11 of the country’s highest peaks over four days.

The journey will be tiresome and painful – but he knows the pain he experiences will be nothing compared to that experienced by burns patients. 

Bailey Tuddenham, 10, warmed the hearts of Ballarat community members when he walked a grueling 43 kilometres in blistering heat to raise money for nine and a half hours from Lake Daylesford to Lake Wendouree last year.

He raised money for the Kids Foundation. This year he wanted to set himself a more challenging goal.

He will conquer Australia’s 11 highest peaks, including Mt Kosciuszko and attempt to raise $11,000 or $1,000 for each peak.

The hike will take him three or four days to complete with family members joining him. He will be leaving on March 10 and hopes to finish by March 12 or 13.

In another inspiring catch, Bailey will celebate his 11th birthday on March 11 while climbing the 11 peaks.  He will celebrate the end of the climb with a family birthday dinner.

“I’m doing it because I have had friends that have been burnt and I wanted to help them,” Bailey said. 

“I decided I wanted a bigger challenge (this year) and I found out about the 11 peaks.

“It will be a lot harder because I am doing steep hill climbs.” 

Bailey has been training for the walk for months – climbing in Ballarat, going to the gym and walking. 

"Last year I raised enough money for the KIDS Foundation to send 10 children to a camp for children with burns and other serious injuries. The camps help them cope with their injuries,” Bailey said.

He will complete 11 peaks with his mum and pa by his side – his dad Adam Tuddenham and his siblings will join him for the final peak.

“He has a heart of gold and I’m really proud to have him as my son,” Mr Tuddenham said.

To support Bailey on his mammoth climb and to achieve his fundraising goal visit kidsfoundation.org.au/events/baileys-walk-4-kids.