Great Walk, Big Donation
30 May 2019
Patrons of registered charity The Great Walk Foundation, now in its 12th year, have raised $20,000 for Lithgow and Blue Mountains hospitals by completing a gruelling 170 kilometre trek from Bathurst to Blaxland.
The Foundation’s mission is to support the communities of Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains by contributing to a range of local services and charities, raising money through sponsorship and donations.
The $10,000 for Lithgow Hospital will contribute to a new portable CTG machine to help with the safe transfer of high-risk maternity patients.
Another $10,000 donated to the Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital will purchase two new observation machines for patients in the maternity and emergency departments.
“I do it because you can actually help people,” says Great Walk patron and celebrity sportsman Mark ‘MG’ Geyer. “It’s very hard on our bodies, but no pain, no gain. Every single cent we make goes straight to the charities. It’s one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your life."
Local Blue Mountains doctor Tony Bowden says the hardest leg of the journey is day two, from Tarana to Lithgow.
“The bitumen’s very hard and the spectators are just cows, alpacas and sheep. They cheer but they’re not very generous - no donations out of them.”
We are enormously grateful for the continued generosity of this initiative, its sponsors, and all who made a contribution. Donations to The Great Walk Foundation can be made throughout the year.