ON FRIDAY, March 23 Paula Glare will make her way through Heathcote as she walks 138km from Bendigo to her home town of Sunbury in an attempt to raise money and awareness for Camp Quality.
Paula has been raising money for Camp Quality for three years now since her good friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. This year she has decided to step it up by taking on the 138km walk and doing it within a 24-hour time frame.
“Three years ago my good friend Russell Wood was diagnosed with cancer, straight away I knew I wanted to do something to help, I talked to him about it and he said that he didn’t want money for himself,” Paula said.
“He said children are the most important thing in this world so he asked me to raise money for children with cancer and Camp Quality.”
Paula raised $894 in 2016 and $3020 in 2017 through a number of different fundraising initiatives including ‘Steptober’ — but she is aiming to go bigger and better in 2018.
“I thought to myself there has to be a way that I could raise some more money and that’s how the idea came about.
“I love walking and I am going to walk from his house in Bendigo, back to Sunbury, which is where we first became friends.
“We want to raise $10,000 this year, with the walk as well as ‘Steptober’ and everything else.
“We thought as the walk will take about a day if people could maybe donate a day’s wage that would be a nice touch, but any donations will be great.”
Paula said she has been training for the big day, which is coming around quicker than she expected.
“I have been trying to walk at least 2-3 hours every day in preparation.
“I’ll do this walk and see how I pull up and how I go during it, I don’t really know what to expect but I am hoping that I feel OK from it and can make it an annual thing.”
To donate to the cause, head to melbourne.everydayhero.com/au/paula under “Russ Wood Walk”.