By Rich Evans
The walkers from the Great Walk Foundation arrived in Lithgow on Wednesday after leaving Tarana earlier in the day.
The annual walk, which travels from Bathurst to Blaxland, has raised over $668,162 for local charities since its inception. The walkers give funds to local charities in many of the towns they visit, delivering the cheques personally over the course of their long journey.
This year the walkers had $154,000 – raised during last year’s walk – to allocate to a number of charities, including our own Lithgow Hospital.
A cheque for $10,000 was presented to the General Manager of the hospital, Jill Marjoram.
Jill was amazed at the amount and said that the funds would be going toward much needed paediatric equipment.
The walk is over 170km from end to end, and walkers this year included Jonathan Green, Rob Wearn, David Crossman, Mark Mulock, Trent Baker, Greg Nelson, Tony Bowden, Graham O’Kell, Cameron McInnes and Penrith Panthers legend, Greg Alexander, who was a big hit with some of the hospital staff.
The walkers will by now be resting their tired feet after travelling over the mountain on Thursday and arriving at their destination of the Lapstone Hotel on Friday afternoon.
This time of year seems to be when the walking shoes come out, as the local Bender Rushworth walk takes place this Sunday. We will have a full report on that in next week’s Village Voice.