Pre-dawn start gets a volunteer moving
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.