Walking to the Barossa, fundraising for Silver Chain
The power of walking was put to the test by gym goers at the Warwick Women’s Workout, who virtually walked from Warwick, WA to the Barossa Valley, SA to raise money.
More than 70 of the gym’s members signed up to hit the treadmills for the month of August, with the aim of collectively walking more than 2680 kms that would, in theory, see them end their walk among the world famous South Australian vineyards.
“We wanted to find something fun to encourage everyone to hit the treadmill, and as we all like wine, it seemed a good incentive to keep us going,” says Warwick Women’s Workout gym trainer Debbie Fallon.
With the gym catering for all ages, by the end of the month there were participants aged from 18 through to 85 years old hitting the treadmill for the big walk, with their progress marked on a big map on the gym wall.
“Along the route, we’d take ‘stops’ and I’d pull together facts about some of the places we were ‘passing through’ for the ladies to read about, like Kalgoorlie, Border Village and Ceduna.
“By the end of the month we had technically walked the distance to reach the Barossa. And we’re still there really, as we didn’t walk quite far enough to get ourselves back again.”
With collection tins around the gym, those taking part would donate gold coins and spare cash as part of the walk for Silver Chain. By the end of the ‘excursion’, the ladies had raised more than $600.
Ms Fallon said she was pleased to see the money go to Silver Chain as they had looked after her son Michael who passed away eight years ago from melanoma aged just 27.
“Silver Chain’s hospice services looked after Michael for nine months, and they were brilliant. We’ve asked the money simply go to an area where it's most needed by Silver Chain as we know it’s going to a good cause.”