Age no bar­rier

Hills Gazette - - LOOK LOCAL - Lau­ren Pe­den

TURN­ING 80 in April has not slowed Lesmurdie’s Tom Weir, who will be the old­est par­tic­i­pant in the 2017 Ox­fam Trail­walker Perth.

The Septem­ber fundrais­ing event will sup­port Ox­fam Aus­tralia’s work fight­ing poverty and in­jus­tice at home and around the world.

Mr Weir and his team­mates Kerry Miller and Bill and Anne Kerr, of the Lesmurdie Ten­nis Club, who are aptly named The Hills Hope-fools, will walk their fifth Trail­walker this year when they take on the 50km course.

He said tak­ing part was a “win-win” for the group be­cause it kept them fit while sup­port­ing a good cause.

The Hills Hope-fools have al­ready raised about $2000 for this year’s Trail­walker, with Mr Weir rais­ing $955 by rid­ing 510km from Man­jimup to Al­bany over 10 days.

He bat­tled fallen trees, tough ter­rain, a long stint along a high­way with trucks whizzing past, pour­ing rain and steep hills.

The Ox­fam Trail­walker Perth runs from Septem­ber 22 to 24.

Regis­tra­tions for the 100km event close on July 31, and on Au­gust 14 for the 50km walk.

Visit trail­walker.ox­fam.org.au/ my/ team/26530 to do­nate to The Hills Hope-fools or trail­walker.ox­fam. org.au/perth to reg­is­ter your own.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d471562

Tom Weir in train­ing for his fifth Trail­walker.

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