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Why not do something a bit crazy, a bit challenging and join me along with others taking up the challenge of walking 50 km in a day through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.
All you need to enter is a reasonable amount of fitness and $200 sponsorship from your good friends (minimum fundraising amount) and registration fee of $62. Too easy !, I hope, as my fundraising is so far at $0 but I am hopeful that I will raise more than the minimum.
You might use this walk as a personal challenge, something to tick off from your bucket list, a way to get motivated and fighting fit all whilst supporting the charity in which this walk is all about and that is "The Village of Hope" in Uganda.
Village of Hope is owned and operated by Hope Builder's International, an Australian not for profit charity that rescues orphans in Uganda and provides them with food, shelter and education. The thing you may not be aware of is that there is a staggering estimated 2.7 million orphans in Uganda, a country in East Africa with a population of 24 million people and exactly half of these are children. The cause of the most orphans is HIV/Aids, when the parents become too ill and no longer able to support their children or pass away from the disease. Most of these children don't have an option but to live on the streets and are likely to be abused and seen as outcasts.
It is really depressing knowing there are this many kids out there with nothing, no parents, no family, no home, nothing. So a 50 km walk in comparison to what these kids go through everyday is literally a walk in the park.
If you're up for the challenge or want to show your support by sponsoring one of the walkers (maybe even me Lorraine.A in team: Where is the finish) then you can register here or donate here remembering you don't have to give all your personal details if you don't wish, you an also do bank deposit here .
As for the trail it's a great great mix of hills and scenery with the walk starting at Mt Dandenong Sky High on Saturday 23rd at 7am and starting with a downhill then through The Basin and onto the Ferntree Gully picnic ground where we will ascend the 1,000 steps to the top of One Tree Hill and then carry on through to Ferny Creek, Sherbrook Forest, past the beautiful Alfred Nicholas gardens (unfortunately there won't be enough time to stop and look around) then to Sassafrass and into Olinda and on to the Hamer Arboretum and finishing up at Kalorama picnic grounds for a well earned rest.
It really is a shame that so many of these charity things require you to raise a certain amount of money to enter. Some people are good at fundraising some are not. I have not been in the workforce for many years and due to anxiety and agoraphobia have kept to myself, other than my kids, so it is hard for me to raise funds but I would happily have paid the entrance fee and done the walk.