Tall poppy supports 65 roses
GOLD Coast Titans star Chris Walker wasn't letting his Achilles heel stop him from reaching the top of Mount Warning yesterday.
The Titans winger joined about 60 other people making the hike up the mountain in support of Cystic Fibrosis Australia, including nine-year-old John Bally.
The youngster could not believe his luck meeting Walker and even got his Titans cap signed.
“They're my favourite team. I'm going to try and beat Chris to the top,” John said before the climb.
Walker only returned to the NRL field in March after undergoing two Achilles tendon operations, but that did not stop him from taking part in the walk on CF Australia's biggest national fundraiser of the year, 65 Roses Day.
“I'm not sure how my Achilles tendon will cope coming down the mountain, I might just have to be the water boy,” Walker joked.
“It is such a great cause and I am only too happy to help raise money for cystic fibrosis and help the people who live with the illness every day.”
Event organiser Shane Colquhoun said CF is one of the most common life-threatening, recessive genetic disorders in Australia.
“The Titans players are likely to set a cracking pace to get up the mountain, most of us probably won't keep up and they'll be back down again before we reach the top,” the LJ Hooker Nerang principal said beforehand.
“This is a combined LJ Hooker effort and we are hoping to raise in excess of $10,000.
“We have raised over $3 million dollars since it became the Cystic Fibrosis national sponsor 11 years ago, with all funds raised going directly to research.”
Mr Colquhoun said the event symbolises the mountain people living with cystic fibrosis climb every day to survive.
“It is such an amazing view once you reach the top and a great sense of relief and accomplishment.
“What better reason to walk a mountain than to raise money for a great cause.”
65 Roses Day derived its name from a small boy who had a sister with cystic fibrosis, but he could not pronounce its name - the closest he got was “65 roses” and the name has stuck.