Bron­wyn blazes trail to help fight poverty

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport -

RAISED to be sporty, Como res­i­dent Bron­wyn Polk­inghorne (31) is now a pow­er­house of ac­tiv­ity, liv­ing the ad­dic­tive cy­cle of rac­ing for char­ity.

“I’ve al­ways been in­volved in some kind of fit­ness event,” said Ms Polk­inghorne, who has now com­pleted six City to Surfs, two HBF Run for a Rea­sons, two Colour Run paint races, two tower runs and The Stam­pede ob­sta­cle course.

“My dad used to run long dis­tances – when I was re­ally young, he did the Com­rades Marathon in South Africa.

“We were al­ways en­cour­aged to do what­ever we were in­ter­ested in – ten­nis, sail­ing, fun runs, any­thing, as long as we were ac­tive.”

Most Perth char­ity fun runs raise funds through en­try fees, but Ms Polk­inghorne’s next project re­quired her team to go a step fur­ther and raise $2000 to take part. Ox­fam Trailwalk chal­lenges teams to hike through 100km of Perth Hills bush in 48 hours, and the money raised goes to­wards global pro­grams to fight the in­jus­tices that lead to poverty.

Ms Polk­inghorne’s team – J2B2 – has now sur­passed its goal to raise $2000 to fight global poverty, and is still go­ing strong, aim­ing to raise as much as pos­si­ble be­fore the Trailwalk from Oc­to­ber 10 to 12.

Go to https://trail­walker.ox­ team/home/18397 to do­nate or follow the team’s blog.

Ja­son Gilby, Carla Jor­dan, Ben Vroomans and Bron­wyn Polk­inghorne on a train­ing hike for the Perth Hills Ox­fam Trail­walker fundraiser.

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