Jennifer Flemming with her road crew, husband Scott and daughter Olivia.
Jennifer Flemming with her road crew, husband Scott and daughter Olivia. FELICIA KOSEGI

Tweed mum walks for charity

TWEED Heads mum Jennifer Flemming hadn’t exercised for two years when she decided to take on a charity walk from Toowoomba to Tweed Heads.

With nothing but a good pair of shoes and a good friend in tow, Mrs Flemming will begin the nine-day, 250km journey from Queensland to New South Wales next Saturday.

Mrs Flemming said while they would be trekking over mountains and rivers, and battling the elements, she and her walking buddy Shirley Wyatt, from Brisbane, were just ordinary people.

“I could have completed the walk just for the challenge and the love of walking, but I truly hope that by raising money for charity someone will benefit in the long term,” Mrs Flemming said.

“Until I got this idea in my head I hadn’t exercised for two years since having my daughter.

“We are really just normal everyday people going for a walk.”

Mrs Flemming hopes to raise $100,000 for AFFIRM, an organisation which aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders.

The pair do not have sponsors to back them, just the support of friends and family and a website they set up where people can donate money.

“We’re paying for everything ourselves, but that’s the way we wanted to do it,” Mrs Flemming said.

“We’ll be camping along the way to save costs.

“My husband and daughter will be in the support car with our food and camping gear, and will travel between towns to meet us.”

Mrs Fleming said they planned to walk about 30km a day.

“The pace will be steady, but we hope it can inspire and encourage other normal everyday people to look us up and donate a few dollars to a worthy cause.”

Shirley Wyatt said although it would be extremely challenging, she was excited to share the adventure with her friend.

“I feel our personalities complement each other, and we both understand our goal and what it will take to achieve it, so I am sure she will be an awesome walking buddy!” she said.

Mrs Flemming said they would stop off at Ma Creek, Laidley South, Canungra and Nerang.

The walk should finish on Sunday, January 24 at Greenmount Surf Life Saving Club or Club Banora.

To donate go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/toowoomba_to_tweed_trek_2010.



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