Walk­ers step out for cause

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Jakeb Wad­dell

More than 1000 char­i­ta­ble lo­cals flocked to the beach for an 8km walk last week­end, but it was far more than just their av­er­age Sun­day stroll.

The an­nual Kyle’s Walk event was held on Sun­day, which saw the com­mu­nity unite in me­mory of Kyle An­drews, an 11-year-old Broome boy who died from cancer in 1998.

In one of the high­est turnouts since the event’s in­cep­tion nearly two decades ago, about 1200 lo­cals joined in the me­mo­rial walk from Gantheaume Point to Ca­ble Beach in their bur­gundy shirts.

Kyle An­drews Foun­da­tion chair­man Matt Sear said he could not be happier with the level of sup­port once again.

“Each year, the amount of sup­port from the com­mu­nity just goes to another level and I could not thank ev­ery­one enough,” he said.

“It re­ally shows that we are a tight-knit town and the gen­eros­ity blows my mind each year.

“We were blessed with the weather once again this year and the view of the walk­ers on the beach with their shirts on made for an amaz­ing spec­ta­cle.”

Mr Sear said the ma­jor­ity of the Kyle’s Camp chil­dren, who ar­rived to Broome on Fri­day, par­tic­i­pated and com­pleted the walk.

“The kids should be re­ally proud of their ef­forts, much like ev­ery­one else who got in­volved,” he said.

“See­ing the kids smil­ing and en­joy­ing them­selves is what it is all about.”

Mr Sear said al­though do­na­tions had not yet been counted, about $20,000 was raised from the walk.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Par­tic­i­pants of Kyle's Walk flooded Ca­ble Beach and Gantheaume Point.

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