Charity walkers? path goes west

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A CHANGE in route due to safety concerns looks unlikely to deter the committed group of locals gearing up for the Gladstone Leukaemia Foundation Walk of Hope.

The group has been forced to take a longer and less central route for the walk due to some regional councils' fears regarding traffic.

However, Gladstone Leukaemia Foundation branch president Kim Turner said while the new route would make the walk and fundraising efforts more difficult, they were still confident of success.

"It certainly put us behind the eight ball, so we're in panic stations a little bit at the moment,'' she said.

"But we're just now desperately going out there trying to organise things and raise the money.''

Mrs Turner said one of the disadvantages of the new route was they would be walking through smaller towns to the west rather than down the coast.

"Some people have said this would be a disadvantage in relation to raising money because fewer people would be seeing the walk,'' she said.

Mrs Turner also had to spend the weekend driving from Gladstone to Brisbane and back again checking the new route for further safety issues.

Accommodation plans also had to be changed.



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