Sarz Sanctuary close to becoming a reality but fundraising still to be done ahead of January 2020

SINCE losing their daughter Sara Zelenak in the 2017 London Bridge terror attack, Mark and Julie Wallace have been raising money to open a sanctuary in her honour.

Mark and Julie Wallace on the London to Paris bike ride. Photo: Supplied

Mark and Julie Wallace on the London to Paris bike ride. Photo: Supplied

The couple started not-for-profit charity Sarz Sanctuary shortly after Ms Zelenak's tragic death and are close to turning their vision for a healing retreat into reality.

Ms Wallace said the charity had raised enough money to put a deposit down for a 53 acre property in the Noosa hinterlands.

She said they were trying to secure a grant that would allow them to start working on the retreat in January 2020.

The retreat will provide support for sufferers of sudden and intense grief during a five day program featuring holistic services like yoga and meditation.

"1300 people from Australia die overseas every year but there is no help for their families back home," Ms Wallace said.

"We have people from all over the world calling us that are suffering from traumatic grief.

"We met people in London who had lost their 15 and 18-year-old kids in a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka.

"We want to help people that are in that situation because it is kind of an area that has been missed around the world.

"Once we open (a retreat) here we want to open in the UK."

One of the charity's major fundraisers is an annual bike ride which takes everyday people on a trip from the site of the terrorist attacks at London's Borough Market to Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

This year more than 80 per cent of the participants that took part were Redlanders, with the trip raising about $180,000 for Sarz Sanctuary.

Every moment was captured with a drone and turned into a film which will be shown at Victoria Point Cineplex on Monday, October 14.

"We just thought it was a good fundraising idea and an opportunity to get people to jump on board the trip next year," Ms Wallace said.

"We hope it will raise awareness for the charity and give it more exposure."

The night begins at 7pm with a public dinner at Grill'd before the movie starts at 9pm across the road at Victoria Point Cineplex.

Dinner costs $25, with $10 from each meal to be donated to the charity.

Movie tickets start at $10 and can be booked at www.facebook.com/events/611770989352633/.

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