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An age-defying adventurer

DOROTHY Stringer OAM has defied every stereotype of ageing.

Only very recently did she ‘retire’, working up until her late-80s as president (and founder) of Brain Injured Children’s Aftercare Recovery Endeavours (BICARE) which was formed in 1992. Dorothy and her team of volunteers raised more than $1 million for children’s health.

At 92, Dorothy still has a twinkle in her eye and a wicked sense of humour. Her spirit remains undeterred. Her recent solo journey to the remote wilderness of Antarctica, albeit with the aid of a walker, is a testament to her indomitable will.

Embarking on a remarkable expedition cruise with Hurtigruten Expeditions has almost certainly made her one of the oldest adventurers to ever set foot on the icy continent. Of course, the expedition itself offered Dorothy a front-row seat to the breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife of the Antarctic, but she also formed strong bonds with the crew and other passengers. In fact, Dorothy ‘found’ herself again, such is the transformative nature of the Antarctic but also a benefit of having a change of scenery, both in the literal and figurative sense.

“Hurtigruten Expeditions (HX) was thrilled to have Dorothy on board to experience the remarkable seventh continent,” a HX representative says.

“We are proud to have had the opportunity to showcase this life-changing destination for her and are honoured that she chose to travel with us. Dorothy truly represents the spirit of adventure that HX has embodied since 1896.”

This solo journey was more than just a physical venture. It was a symbolic defiance against the conventional expectations of ageing. Dorothy’s adventure challenges us all to rethink what is possible as we age, and to maintain our curiosity and zest for life – no matter our circumstances. It’s never too late to embrace new experiences and to live our dreams. Don’t let age define what you can or cannot do, nor being a solo traveller deter you.

As Dorothy’s travel advisor, I wanted to share her extraordinary tale, and hope that it ignites a spark in all of us to pursue our passions with courage and enthusiasm – to never stop exploring, dreaming and embracing life with open arms. In a world that often overlooks the elderly when it comes to adventures and new experiences, Dorothy stands as a shining example that age is just a number.

WORDS: Sarah Webster, Wayfinder Travel & Cruise

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