Walk for charity
THE Gold Coast will witness true heroism next week as local mother Jennifer Flemming walks from Toowoomba to Tweed Heads for charity.
With nothing but a good pair of shoes and a great friend in tow, Mrs Flemming will make the nine day, 250km journey through the glitter strip and across states.
Mrs Flemming said she and her walking buddy Shirley Hyatt from Brisbane, are just ordinary people.
“I could have completed the walk just for the challenge and the love of walking, but I truly hope by raising money for charity someone will benefit in the long term,” she said.
Mrs Flemming hopes to raise $100,000 for AFFIRM, which aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders.
The pair do not have sponsors, just the support of friends and family and a website they set up where people can donate money.
“We’re paying for everything ourselves,” she said. “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 plan to walk around 30km a day; doing 15-20 in the morning and the rest in the afternoon.
“The pace will be steady, but we hope it can inspire other everyday people to donate a few dollars,” she said.
They will stop at Ma Creek, Laidley South, Canungra and Nerang, making their way down the Gold Coast Highway.
The walkers will leave on Saturday, January 16.
To donate money to the walkers and AFFIRM, go to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/toowoomba_to_tweed_trek_2010.