15-year old Charlotte walks 56km in support of cancer research

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Kingston local Charlotte Northam is busy nursing her weary feet after an incredible 12 hour walk to raise funds for cancer research.

Starting out on April 12th at 7:00am, Charlotte walked all the way from Robe to Kingston, SA with groups of supporters who met her throughout her journey, keeping her spirits soaring.

“I’m really happy with the amount of support,” Charlotte said. “More people than I would have thought turned up and I really appreciate it.”

Incredibly, having arrived at the finish line two hours earlier than expected, Charlotte continued on. She wanted to keep to her promise of reaching the 12 hour mark, and so continued walking around Maria Creek. In total she covered over 56kms!

Charlotte’s mum Maria-Rose said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter. “She has absolutely exceeded all expectations,” she said. “I am very proud of what she has done.”

The local Lions club hosted a celebratory barbeque at Lions Park where Kingston Mayor Reg Lyon congratulated her on her achievement and presented her with a cheque. “For somebody so young to take on something like this, it’s just wonderful and I’m very proud,” he said.

Charlotte managed to raise $4,876 leading up to the event, smashing through her target of $2,000 for the ACRF. It’s thanks to supporters like Charlotte that researchers are making new discoveries towards better treatment and prevention of for cancer. We can’t thank her enough for her hard work and dedication.

Read about how Charlotte made headlines in the local newspaper Coastal Leader here. (Photo courtesy of the Coastal Leader).

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