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55 for 5 Outdoor Hiking Challenge

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55 for 5 an Outdoor Hiking Challenge
The Leukaemia Foundation is challenging you to raise a minimum of $555 and complete a 55 kilometre bushwalk through the Sunshine Coast's Great Walk track in two days.

By being part of our annual hike you'll enjoy fabulous views, fresh air, the sounds and smells of nature, and meet like-minded people doing amazing things for blood cancer patients - all this while enjoying the benefits of a hike and improving your overall health and longevity. Hiking gives your muscles a workout, helping to prevent and control various diseases, and pumps oxygen and fuel throughout muscles and organs, increasing energy levels.

55 for 5 is an outdoor hiking challenge to help raise much-needed funds for people living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. Every day six people in Queensland are diagnosed with one of these illnesses. Funds raised will directly support the care and cure of blood cancer patients. 55 for 5 "isn't a walk in the park." It is a demanding hike that is achievable by all age groups. Your fundraising efforts will assist the Foundation in continuing to run a new exercise program proven to help cancer patients' health and quality of life

New Pilot Exercise Program

An evaluation of the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland's new pilot exercise program Fit to Thrive has shown improved outcomes for blood cancer patients in strength, flexibility, and even mental health. Four groups have now completed the Fit to Thrive 12 week medical exercise program, which is run in partnership with Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation at Woolloongabba. All 24 participants had been affected by a blood cancer or disorder in some way, whether they were in the middle of chemotherapy, in preparation for a stem cell transplant or other treatment, or had completed treatment and were looking to improve their functional ability.

The Hike

A total of 55km over two days.

Day 1 covers 32.5 kilometres - Mapleton National Park

Day 2 covers 22.5 kilometres - Baroon and Mapleton Falls section of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

The $200 registration fee includes:

Two nights of accommodation on Friday 22 August and Saturday 23 August 2014

Meals: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Sunday breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Transport to and from accommodation to walk entries/exits

55 for 5 souvenir

Please note the registration fee is in addition to the minimum fundraising requirement of $555.

Accomodation is provided at Queensland Conference and Camping Centre, Mapleton.

Mapleton - Accomodation

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Why? Raise Money For The Leukaemia Foundation
When: 22 August 24 August 2014
Where: Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Cost: $200 - Includes Accomodation for 2 nights, Meals and Transport to the Event
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