Walk to finish at Gabba AFL game
THE finish line for the Gladstone Walk of Hope will now be none other than the centre of the Gabba football ground tomorrow night in front of nearly 40,000 people.
The 14-day marathon will culminate in the seven walkers doing a lap of honour before the Brisbane Lions play Richmond in round nine of the Australian Football League.
Walk participant Chris Trevor said, with donations continuing to flow in from the Gladstone community, the recent announcement that the walkers would be allowed to walk into the Gabba was a huge boost.
'The Walk of Hope unit is now at our finger tips, it is great news and we just want to thank the Gabba, Brisbane Lions and Triple M for the opportunity,' Mr Trevor said.
The deal will also see Leukaemia Foundation staff pass buckets around the crowd to collect extra funds for the Walk of Hope effort.
Mr Trevor said the walkers were hoping to raise an extra $10,000 to $20,000 as a result of the announcement.
However, with the walk finishing tomorrow, more donations were needed in order for the walkers to reach their goal of raising $100,000.
The walkers will be joined on their lap of honour of the Gabba by Deputy Premier Terry Mackenroth and the Minister for Emergency Services Chris Cummins.