In 2005, Cancer Council NSW began their Seven Bridges Walk celebration and fundraiser, where participants walk around Sydney in to celebrate and look towards a cancer-free future for all. Over the past twelve years, over $3.4 Million has been raised to help the Cancer Council NSW continue the fight against cancer.
This year's fundraising target is $615, 000. Participation in the event requires a registration fee - each category listed below - and a nomination of your starting village.
Early Bird: $35 Booking Fee - SOLD OUT Standard (online): $45 Booking Fee On the Day: $60 Booking Fee Children 12 and under are free
The villages are dotted along the course and each participant must pass through each Village and get their Event Passport stamped at each location to complete the course. The villages, marked on the course map along with toilet and water facilities in between each village, are as follows:
Milsons Point Village - Burton Street, Corner of Alfred Street and Burton Street Pyrmont Village - Pyrmont Bay Park, Pirrama Road, opposite The Star Waterfront Village - Waterfront Park, Bowman Street, Pyrmont Rozelle Village - King George Park, Manning Street, near Rozelle Hospital Hunters Hill Village - Hunters Hill Scout Hall, Durham Street, near the Church Street overpass on Burns Bay Road Lane Cove Village - Blaxlands Corner - Central Park, William Edward Street and Kenneth Street Wollstonecraft Village - Brennan Park, Hazelbank Street and King Street
Each Village has toilet and water facilities for participants to access as they pass through, as well as other information, refreshments and entertainment. The villages are in a 28km clockwise loop around Sydney, and the event begins at 7.30am in the morning and ends at 4.30pm in the afternoon on the 29th of October. The website recommends starting prior to 11am if you intend to complete the entire course.
The walk involves three decision points where the course splits, and participants must choose the one they wish to take, as listed below, direct from the website:
Decision point at Iron Cove Bridge Choose to walk the path underneath both bridges, which leads (via stairs) to the historic Iron Cove Bridge. You will then join the normal route on the other side of the bridge on Victoria Road (Canada Bay). Or you can use the ramp leading to the newer Iron Cove Bridge (accessible for prams & wheelchairs) and join the normal route on the other side of the bridge on Victoria Road (Canada Bay).
Decision point at Riverview Street/ Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview
Choose to take the bushwalk track through Tambourine Bay Reserve (mobility restricted) or continue along the footpath via Flaumont Avenue and Carranya Road to Warraroon Road (accessible). The bush track is approximately 300m longer.
Decision point at Lane Cove Village
Choose to take the bushwalk track through Gore Creek Reserve (mobility restricted) or continue along the footpath by crossing Northwood Road onto River Road, following course signs to re-join with the bushwalk route at Gore Street (accessible). Both routes are approximately the same distance.
The Seven Bridges Walk will utilise existing pathways and therefore, participants will need to abide by road rules. A map of the course and villages will be provided to you on the day and you are encouraged to donate and/or fundraise on the day and online.
Remember, it is a day of fun with your family as well as a day to donate and fundraise for the work done by the Cancer Council, so however you participate in the day, enjoy it and make the most of the day with your family.