The Wild Women On Top Coastrek is coming to Melbourne for the first time, giving Victorians the opportunity to not only transform their own lives, but help end avoidable blindness.
Nearly 7,000 trekkers in Sydney have already experienced the mental, emotional and physical health benefits of Coastrek over the past five years, and raised in excess of $9 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Now Melbourne can get in on the action!
Coastrek is an endurance challenge to get women (and men) walking together in nature. This November, teams of four (with at least two women) will walk a 30km or 55km trek along the spectacular Mornington Peninsula while raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Coastrek Ambassadors AFL legend Aaron Davy and Ruth Hollows (daughter of Fred Hollows) will join 1,400 trekkers to explore the magic of the Mornington Peninsula’s rugged coastline, complete an incredible personal challenge and help to restore sight through supporting the iconic Fred Hollows Foundation.
Coastrek Patron, journalist and broadcaster Julie McCrossin, says: ‘Coastrek has transformed my life – it’s the most extraordinary experience to walk with friends along a beautiful coastline and through the bushland and feel absolute happiness. At the same time there is a sense of doing some good in the world by supporting the amazing Fred Hollows Foundation.’
Coastrek Founder, Di Westaway, says: ‘The power of Coastrek to inspire people to get fit and healthy is remarkable. Once they sign up they just go walking. They get fitter, healthier and happier.’
The goal for the inaugural Melbourne Coastrek in 2015 is to raise $1 million, which represents restoring sight to more than 40,000 people in developing nations.
Click here for a taste of what Melbourne has to look forward to this year!
The Fred Hollows Foundation has performed more than 2 million operations to restore sight and works in more than 20 countries worldwide. An estimated 32.6 million people in the world are blind, and 4 out of 5 of them don’t need to be.
Melbourne Coastrek is joining forces with Parks Victoria, who instigated the world-wide Healthy Parks Healthy People approach which acknowledges the integral link between nature and human health. Research shows that being outdoors in a park enhances your ability to cope with, and recover from, injury, illness and stress.
Melbourne Coastrek supports raising awareness of the Mornington Peninsula’s unique coastal habitat and its threatened wildlife including the ‘Hooded Plover’ which rely on awareness for survival.
Westaway said that matching the iconic Mornington Peninsula coastline with the legendary Fred Hollows Foundation was a perfect fit: ‘Trekking along the coast is all about vision. We fully support The Foundation’s goal of ending avoidable blindness, and will do everything possible to support our trekkers to ensure they achieve their goals of fitness and fundraising.’
Trekkers will be provided with a 12-week training program, training maps, nutrition and injury prevention tips, how-to prepare e-book, and fundraising support to assist them with preparing for the adventure.
If you’re looking for a feel-good training goal for you and your clients, why not get a team together and click here to register.