Coast walk raises $960,000

Multisport Mecca - - News -

THEY started early, some be­fore dawn.

There were those who didn’t fin­ish un­til af­ter dark.

It was a long hard day for more than 1600 trekkers who walked be­tween 30km and 60km along our fab­u­lous coast­line but it proved worth­while rais­ing more than $960,000 for the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion.

The in­au­gu­ral Wild Women On Top Sun­shine Coas­trek held last Fri­day de­liv­ered for an or­gan­i­sa­tion that re­stores sight to the world’s poor­est peo­ple to end avoid­able blind­ness.

Trekkers, in­clud­ing Olympic gold medal­list Libby Tricket, made up teams of four, each rais­ing at least $2000.

They left ei­ther from Dicky Beach at 6am or Mud­jimba from 8am to cover 60km or 30km walks to the Noosa Woods fin­ish line.

The fastest 60km team was Kristin Esler, Bec Tweedy, Ann Karyn Fraser and Lucy Reid, who made it to the fin­ish in 8:49:57.

About five min­utes be­hind the vic­tors were Amelia Robin­son, An­drea Markey, Ali­son Walsh and Cathy Hoy, while the third place team of Sue Havers, Gail Mur­phy, Ju­lia Matthews and Loretta Smith were a fur­ther hour be­hind.

The mixed team fea­tur­ing Kara Chudleigh, Craig Chudleigh, Karen Boorer and An­drew Boorer were fastest in the 30km event, cross­ing the fin­ish af­ter 3:28:35.

Fin­ish­ing sec­ond were the Bris­bane crew of Vanessa O'Sul­li­van, Rachel Wilkin­son, An­gela Richard­son and Belinda Ren­nick, while the Sunny Coast Trail Chix of Tracey Devenish-Meares, Lauren Daw­son, Alyson Web­ster and Tina Houtsma were third.

Es­tab­lished by the late Pro­fes­sor Fred Hol­lows and Gabi Hol­lows in 1992, the foun­da­tion has al­ready re­stored sight to more than two mil­lion peo­ple.

“There will be plenty of peo­ple with sore legs, but I hope they will wear any aches and pains with pride be­cause ev­ery step they’ve taken to­day has helped change lives by giv­ing back sight,” Gabi said.

“In some coun­tries the foun­da­tion can re­store sight for as lit­tle as $25, so imag­ine the im­pact more than $900,000 can make.”

You can still sup­port this year’s Sun­shine Coas­trek teams at www.sun­shine.coas­


Set­ting off from Mud­jimba Beach on Fri­day are the The Mof­fat Mums of Jane Chap­man, Anna Clarke, Beth McKe­own and Car­lie Mullar com­pleted the 30km course in 5:47:51.

Coas­trek wild women on top raise money for the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion at Mud­jimba Beach.

He­len Vac­ca­neo (cen­tre) leads her team at the start.

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