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This post is contributed by Anna Hickey, who I recently met during a course at the Australian Writers Centre. She wanted to let Bushwalking Blog readers know about Walk 4 Stroke so I asked her to write a post for me, since I’m busy with the whole house moving thing right now.

Anna Hickey

Anna loves to write, keep healthy and create new recipes, and is passionate about helping others. She works for the National Stroke Foundation as a Public Relations Coordinator and is also a freelance writer. Anna is an explorer who likes to try new things… particularly if they involve travel.

 

Every year a small group of community members embark on a three day walking adventure along the Great Ocean Road as a means to fundraise for the National Stroke Foundation. People who participate in Walk 4 Stroke say that it is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with nature and re-calibrate from the business of life – all while supporting an important health cause.

The National Stroke Foundation would like to invite people to join us on the 2012 three day Walk 4 Stroke adventure on the weekend of 18th – 20th October.

2012 Walk 4 Stroke Group set to embark on their three day journey
2012 Walk 4 Stroke Group set to embark on their three day journey

 

What to expect on the walk?

The three day guided tour involves lots of walking amongst Victoria’s coastal mixed terrain with the backdrop of the beautiful Great Southern Ocean by your side.

The end of the Appalachian Trail

The Great Ocean Walk extends from Apollo Bay through the Great Otway National Park to the famous Twelve Apostles, so every day of the walk is different. Think deserted beaches, sheer cliffs, historical lighthouses and shipwrecks, giant mountain ash forests, pristine river estuaries, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, dunes and coastal heartlands. Think oodles of natural beauty!

Participants have a home base for evening rest, with cosy accommodation and the opportunity to taste delightful produce from regional Victoria… and bush tucker. We aren’t talking damper here, we mean real food from the land and even sourced from rock pools.

Who goes on the walk?

We find that most Walk 4 Stroke participants have been touched by stroke in some way, whether it is themselves or their mother, cousin or uncle. If you think that one in six people are likely to have a stroke in their life you can see why this is the case.

Walk 4 Stroke is open to people of all fitness levels.

Cape Otway from Franklin Beach
Cape Otway from Franklin Beach

 

Marshall crossing Johanna River
Marshall crossing Johanna River

 

Koala mother & joey
Koala mother & joey

 

Past participants from all over Australia share their most memorable moments from Walk 4 Stroke…

“During the walk it was so beneficial and healing to hear that other people were going through similar situations and it was amazing weekend with lifelong friends made.” – Sam, Victoria

“For me the highlight of the trip was seeing such a beautiful and unique part of Australia up close. I had driven along the Great Ocean Road before, but nothing compares to the sights you see when you immerse yourself in the natural beauty up close. At one point our group was so close to a wild Koala and her tiny little baby that we could have reached out and touched them.” – Sarah, Queensland

“The highlight of the journey was the experience of walking along a beautiful path with people who understand the sheer impact that stroke has on people’s lives. It was touching to hear individual experiences with stroke and learn from each other.” – Kellie, South Australia

Happy faces at the end of the Great Ocean Walk
Happy faces at the end of the Great Ocean Walk

 

 

Event Information

Dates: 18th – 20th October, 2013.
Fundraising goal and cost: $1,500 ($890 for travel and a minimum of $610 donated to the National Stroke Foundation).

Deposit: $300 upon booking (included in the $1,500 .
Trip Duration: 3 days.
Physical activity: Walking.
Challenge grade: Low – suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.

What’s included?

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Standard Cabins on twin sharing basis
  • All meals
  • All transfers and return transport from Melbourne
  • Refreshment stops during walk
  • Experienced walking guide(s)
  • Cape Otway lighthouse tour
  • Driver & Support vehicle throughout
  • Walking maps and guides
  • Web gallery of trip photos to download

Visit the Stroke Foundation website to book your place in the 2013 Walk 4 Stroke

 

Interested in taking part in this years Walk 4 Stroke? Or have anything at all to say about the event? Please let us know by commenting below.

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