Unpredictable weather in NSW this month was no match for the dedication and commitment of 30+ Qantas team members who tackled a 27km coastal trek this weekend.
Lead by ACRF advocate and Qantas employee, Mina Masoumian, the ‘4th Annual Qantas 27km Coastal Walk’ kicked off bright and early, at 6:30am. The team set out to cover the coastline of the Royal National Park – from Otford to Bundeena – in just one day.
After several hours of clambering up and down rocky spurs, making tracks along some picturesque beaches and hopping over bubbling creeks the team finished up their challenging trek at around 3pm at the lovely Bundeena Wharf.
Kay Whitehead who took part in this year’s walk, said, “Despite heavy rain on Friday, on Saturday the sun rose on clear skies. I know exactly how it rose, because to start the walk on time required a 4.30am wake up call!”
“It was 27km of cliffs, oceans, waterfalls, steps, hills, rocky ascents, rivers, leeches, lots of mud, sweat (but no tears) and some stunning views. It wasn’t entirely pleasant (I was exceedingly grateful that our apartment complex has a hot spa readily available), but it was definitely worth it.”
In addition to this physical challenge, the Qantas team also took on a fundraising challenge – aiming to raise a total of $12,876 (in order to exceed their total from last year’s event).
The team set their sights high and smashed through the target, reaching over $16,000 for world class cancer research in Australia – what an amazing effort!
We are so humbled by the Qantas team’s dedication and support in taking on such an epic challenge! You’re all legends in our eyes!
Special thanks to Mina who has been a long-time supporter of the ACRF and continues to go goes above and beyond to support our work. We’d also like to thank Qantas Deputy CFO, Tino La Spina and Qantas Head of Planning, Ground Operations, Rebecca Davies for getting involved in this year’s event.