“My name is Philippa, I am 58 years old and work as a teacher aide at Brisbane School of Distance Education.
When I first planned to do the Moreton Island Walk, an 80km journey circumnavigating Moreton Island in Queensland, it was with a friend for fun. But when we realised it was quite a challenge, we decided it would be something that would be fun to do as a group and that the charity was something that would be well supported.
I gathered a team, and we set off. All the team had lost loved ones to different types of cancer, so supporting ACRF felt very personal. We couldn’t decide which branch of cancer research to raise money for, so decided ACRF was a good compromise as they support research into all types of cancer.
It’s a very rewarding accomplishment to feel that you have made a difference, while doing something that is challenging. But nothing feels like the challenges faced by people with cancer.
We all felt the walk was the hardest thing we had ever done. We were all proud of our achievements. I was particularly proud of my two daughters who completed the walk with me. Having done this walk and raised what we considered a significant amount of money we would like to make the walk an annual event and involve more people.”
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