Sore feet a byproduct of good cause
PLENTY of sore feet are expected as the Gladstone District Walk of Hope for the Leukaemia Founda- tion kicks off soon.
Gladstone and district Leukae- mia branch president Kim Turner said the walk to Brisbane, due to commence on Sunday, May 8, was aiming to raise $100,000 to purchase a unit in Brisbane for regional people with family mem- bers suffering leukaemia.
'My family stayed in Leukae- mia Foundation accommodation for over four months in 2002 whilst my husband was under go- ing life-saving treatment for leu- kaemia ? we have four children and the support which the Leu- kaemia Foundation provided gave us a home away from home and enabled myself and our kids (all under seven at the time) to be with my husband during his treatment,' Mrs Turner said.
'Unfortunately others are not as lucky as we were to receive accommodation in one of the purpose-built facilities ? at any one time 30 to 40 families are being accommodated in hotels due to the accommodation shortage.'
She said the seven people walking to Brisbane were planning to walk between 40km and 50km each day, depending on where the nearest towns were. Mrs Turner said the group would take 14 days to walk the 550km to Brisbane, including one rest day.
'We expect lots of sore feet, but there will be a nutritionist, phys- iotherapist and podiatrist there to help us as we go along,' Mrs Turner said.