Walk for Kids with Cancer

Published:
01/04/2022

 

Get your walking boots on this April and join your neighbours for a scenic walk across the North Shore, from The Rocks to Manly, for kids with cancer. 

This wonderful trek consists of 27-kilometres of walking paths, a few hills and stairs, an iconic bridge or two, and many magnificent harbour views, finishing off at one of Sydney’s favourite beaches. 

Don’t worry if this all sounds too much for one day, as this year there is also a 13km walk from The Rocks to Balmoral and a ‘Virtual Walk’ which allows you to participate by taking on a weekly step challenge. 

The walk to support the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation will take place on Sunday 10 April, with the community called to challenge themselves and explore some of Sydney’s most picturesque locations, all while helping sick children fight cancer. 

All proceeds will go towards the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

This annual walk was initially started by Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson, who sadly experienced terminal cancer before passing away. Bob was determined to create change for the ‘young ones’ after being diagnosed and originally set up the walk from Coolangatta to Canberra – an inaugural 1000km voyage – in May 2008.

Sadly, Bob passed away just three days before the walk commenced, but his loving family honoured his wish for the walk to go ahead. 

To this day, Bob’s legacy has raised over $1.2 million for the Cancer Centre for Children, which has left an ever-lasting footprint on the exceptional standard of cancer treatment at the hospital and beyond.

North Shore Living spoke with Alex Kerras from the communications team at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, who emphasises the incredible importance of the event.

“All funds raised by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation will help the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead provide the best possible care to kids with cancer,” Alex says. 

“The funds raised from last year’s event helped enhance social work programs while investing in research to help identify and treat children with a predisposition to cancer. This meant the oncology teams were able to support families through the unique stresses of COVID-19, while also trying to improve the outcome of cancer for young patients.” 

Alex says that with the community’s help the centre can continue to support the young people who need it. 

This year the foundation is aiming to raise an amazing $300,000 to support the more than 224 sick kids the centre treats per year.

If you would like to get involved in this event and challenge yourself while helping others, visit walkforkidscancer.org.au for more information and register today. 

Registration costs $80 and includes a race day bib, training plan, fundraising support and a goodie bag. 

Don’t forget some comfy shoes and a bottle of water!

Author:
Jess Clarke, Journalist, North Shore Living Magazine

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