Walkers ready for 100km charity hike
THE Woopi Walkers are just weeks away from their 100km charity hike.
The team - made up of Di Holt, her son Cameron Holt, Janie Mahoney and Tim Sutherland - have challenged themselves to complete the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Sydney to raise money for the Oxfam charity.
They will tackle the 100km walk through rugged bush in 23 hours starting at 7am on August 28.
The team has been in training most weekends since February, walking lots of challenging forestry roads in the Northern Beaches area.
They've been covering distances of 40-60km at a time and getting used to walking at night.
"We've been training for almost seven months so we're well and truly ready to go," Di said.
"We committed to the challenge some time ago so we've all put aside time to train. We've been able to get up to those longer distances safely, so we've ticked all the boxes."
The Woopi Walkers have passed their initial fundraising target of $2000 and are now aiming to raise $3000.
Fundraising has been boosted by Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, the employer of team member Janie.
The business has pledged to match Janie's individual fundraising efforts of more than $1000.
"We had a modest target to start with but we got to $2000 a bit over a month ago, so we reset the target and we should pass that," Di said.
The money raised will support such Oxfam projects as caring for orphans and people affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, teaching people in Laos about efficient farming techniques and improving indigenous health and wellbeing in regional Australia.
It will also provide ongoing help to the Nepalese people through disaster recovery programs.
"We appreciate every person's donation, no matter how big or little,'' Di said.
"Every donation reminds us that people really care about what we're doing and why we're doing it.
"It inspires us to train even more - to ensure we cross the Oxfam finish line together.
"We're very thankful for all the local support, the good wishes and the interest in what we're doing."
Donations can still be made after the event with fundraising closing in mid-September.
To donate to the team visit http://oxf.tw/20068.