Pre-dawn start gets a vol­un­teer mov­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

FEW peo­ple give as much back to the com­mu­nity as Gil­bert Brog­den, one of the vol­un­teers for this year’s Seven Bridges Walk.

The walk around Syd­ney Har­bour, which raises money for the Can­cer Coun­cil NSW, is one of more than 200 events to which Mr Brog­den gives his time ev­ery year.

With­out a car, the 82-yearold of­ten gets up at 4am to catch an early bus from his north­ern beaches home, then a ferry to the city and a bus or train to an event.

“Volunteering gets me out of bed in the morn­ing. It keeps me young and fit,” Mr Brog­den, who is the fa­ther of for­mer NSW Op­po­si­tion leader John Brog­den, said.

He said the Seven Bridges Walk was one of his favourite events, and he had vol­un­teered for it since its in­cep­tion 10 years ago.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful event,” Mr Brog­den said.

“It’s worth the ef­fort, be­cause I get lovely smiles and even hugs from some of the ladies tak­ing part.”

Ul­ti­mately, he said he hoped his con­tri­bu­tion was help­ing oth­ers to raise money and save lives.

“My whole fam­ily died of can­cer,” he said. “My mother died when I was 12.”

Peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties are en­cour­aged to register for this year’s 27km walk on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 25.

The clock­wise walk around the har­bour crosses seven bridges in­clud­ing the An­zac, Iron Cove, Gladesville and Fig Tree.

Gil­bert Brog­den is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take part in the Seven Bridges Walk.

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