Coast walk raises $960,000
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.coastrek.com.au.
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.