Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JAIMEE WILKENS

HUN­DREDS of ea­ger trekkers will be strap­ping on their walk­ing shoes for a good cause on Satur­day for the third an­nual Surf Coast Trek.

It’s ex­pected to take the es­ti­mated 750 par­tic­i­pants about eight hours to walk 40km from Aireys In­let to Torquay, rais­ing money for the Give Where You Live and Kids Plus foun­da­tions.

The course will take par­tic­i­pants through coastal bush­lands and along the sandy beaches of the pic­turesque Great Ocean Road.

Give Where You Live Foun­da­tion CEO Bill Mithen said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was hum­bled by the great sup­port the event con­tin­ued to re­ceive.

“Our com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to be in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous not only with their do­na­tions of money, but also with sup­port and time,” he said.

“It is a sig­nif­i­cant com­mit­ment to de­cide to walk 40km and raise funds, so to have 750 peo­ple make that com­mit­ment is in­cred­i­ble.”

The event is aim­ing to raise $250,000 for this year’s event through do­na­tions and spon­sor­ships of the in­di­vid­u­als and/or teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the walk. It is the Give Where You Live Foun­da­tion’s largest an­nual fundraiser.

Kids Plus Foun­da­tion CEO Shaun Can­non said the fundrais­ing makes an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to our work.

“Kids Plus aims to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble sup­port and ser­vices we can to the young peo­ple and fam­i­lies ac­cess­ing our ther­apy pro­grams,” he said.

“We are al­ways striv­ing to go a lit­tle bit fur­ther and do a lit­tle bit more. That’s sim­ply not pos­si­ble with­out the com­mu­nity get­ting be­hind us.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to get in­volved or do­nate, visit www.sur­f­coast­trek.com.au

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