THE ROAD AHEAD: Margaret Rolling is heading to Spain on a 817km fundraising hike.
THE ROAD AHEAD: Margaret Rolling is heading to Spain on a 817km fundraising hike. Marc Stapelberg

Ready to get Rolling on the El Camino trail

AGE is no limit for 70-year-old ex-navy interpreter Margaret Rolling who will hike 817km for women's cancer on the Camino del Norte trail in Spain.

Mrs Rolling, who lives near Kyogle, departs Lismore tomorrow for the hike beginning May 31 and lasting one month.

She's fundraising for East Timorese women with cancer.

The women don't like speaking about their bodies and certainly don't like going to a doctor," Mrs Rolling said.

"They're ashamed to admit, or they're ashamed to let another doctor look at their body and it's usually a man.

"So by the time they get to the hospital it's too late."

Hiking over great distances is no new challenge for Mrs Rolling, who has always had a love for the activity.

"I've always been very sporty," she said. "I was a horse rider, I was good at hockey and softball.

"I do hiking everywhere in the world ... I've just climbed the biggest mountain in Bali."

She said the key to keeping healthy and fit for her walks was to take it slow and listen to your body.

"It's like life, if you go too fast you will have problems," Mrs Rolling said.

"My pack is only 6kg; some people have 18kg packs and that's a lot of pressure on your body."

Mrs Rolling launched the fundraising campaign to raise awareness for women with cancer in Timor-Leste this week and has raised $800 so far.

The issue is close to Mrs Rolling's heart due to her own breast cancer battle, and because she witnessed East Timorese women fighting that same battle during the three years she lived in Timor Leste.

"I was an Indonesian interpreter in the navy many years ago and that's when I was working in East Timor," she said.

To donate money to her campaign, 'Walking for women with breast cancer in Timor-Leste' visit everydayhero.com and search for the title.



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