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Bring the dog, get some exercise, and support a good cause
This Father's Day, help raise awareness of kidney disease by taking part in a Big Red Kidney Walk!

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Some of last year's participants, from the Big Red Kidney website

On Sunday,1st September, Kidney Health Australia will be holding a Big Red Kidney Walk, which is an annual walk held on Father's Day in five cities across Australia, including Adelaide.

If you have a special connection with kidney health and want to help raise awareness of this important cause then this walk is for you! But if you just enjoy keeping fit, walking the dog, meeting people and having a free barbecue, this walk is also for you!

The walk is taking place all over Australia, but the Adelaide event is bound to be the best! It takes place in Elder Park, and there's an early start - you need to register at 8am as the walk begins at 9am. It costs $10 to do the walk, so the lunch is not quite free, but of course it's all in a very good cause, and if you can muster 50 people it's only $5 per person. Children aged 12 and under - and dogs - are free, but they still need to register. Dogs need to be on a 2 meter lead and well supervised by their owner.

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The historic rotunda in Elder Park, courtesy of Wikipedia

There are three walking distances: 5km for the very fit, 2.5km for the more relaxed and 1km for the ones with hangovers or young children in tow.

Elder Park is easy to get to by public transport: the event base is right next to the AA King William Rd - East side bus stop, and for more info visit the Adelaide Metro website.

If you must come by car, there are parking areas in Victoria Drive, Kintore ave ($1.60 max per 2 hours), War Memorial Drive, where there's free parking on Sundays, and the Adelaide Festival Theatre car park (flat rate $12).

The sausage sizzle starts at 11am, and there will be entertainment for the whole family. There won't be enough seating for everyone, so bring chairs or picnic blankets if you can.

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Elder Park is a lovely place for a picnic - image from Wikipedia

Come by yourself, or invite your family and friends. Bring your work colleagues along to get them away from their office desks. Dress in red (if you choose) and walk proud in one of Kidney Health Australia's national Big Red Kidney Walks!
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Why? A fun day out, fresh air and exercise in a good cause
When: Sunday September 1, 8 am - midday
Phone: 1800 454 363
Where: Elder Park, Adelaide 5000
Cost: $10 per person
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