Walk t-shirts and hats have arrived and are ready for collection at One Agency Property Division - Warilla and Corrimal. We also have a limited number of rainbow 'Chloe' skirts available for purchase at $15 each. These make a great addition to any walk outfit!
A massive thank you to Mercer for kindly donating a hat to every walker and to Bendigo Bank (Oak Flats and Shellharbour) for providing the walk t-shirts. The event could not run without the support of our amazing sponsors!
The walk will be held in the same format as previous years, with walkers able to walk 1km or 100km over Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018.
The walk will start at Shellharbour Village on Saturday morning, with walkers trekking 50km to Coalcliff Surf Club. The walk will take place in the reverse direction (Coalcliff to Shellharbour) on the Sunday.
Registrations are still open; $40 per adult and $20 per child. We pride ourselves on having zero administration fees - so every cent raised will go directly towards the cause we are supporting.
FREE WATER STOPS
The forecast for this weekend is looking great with plenty of sunshine, so make sure you slip, slop, slap and wrap - and drink plenty of water. Free water and sunscreen will be provided along the way, see the schedule below for where to stop. We recommend all walkers carry their own water in between stops.
Saturday 17 March
6.30am | Shellharbour Village – Bean Roasted
7.30 – 9.30am | Warilla - One Agency
8.15 – 9.30am | Port Kembla – Golf Course
9am – 11am | Warrawong – Wave FM
11am – 1pm | Wollongong – One Agency
11.30 – 2.30 | Fairy Meadow – One Agency
12.00 – 2pm | Corrimal – One Agency
2pm – 4pm | Thirroul – One Agency
2.30 – 4.30pm | Scarborough Hotel
2pm onwards | Coalcliff Surf Club – Finish line
Sunday 18 March
7.30am – 8.30am | Scarborough Hotel
8.30am – 10am | Thirroul – One Agency
9.30am – 11am | Corrimal – One Agency
10.30am – 1pm | Fairy Meadow – One Agency
11.30am - 1.30pm | Wollongong – One Agency
12.30pm – 2.30pm | Warrawong – Wave FM
1pm - 3.30pm | Port Kembla Golf Course
2pm - 5pm | Warilla – One Agency
3pm onwards | Shellharbour Club for finish line
FREE FOOD AND DRINK FROM THE RAPID RELIEF TEAM
The Rapid Relief Team have kindly offered to supply free food and drink to all of our walkers this weekend and will be covering brekkie and lunch on Saturday.
From 7.30am to 8.45am on Saturday the team will be stationed at Tom Thumb Park in Windang, with a complete espresso coffee machine, drinks, snacks and fruit.
Tom Thumb Park is located just over the Windang Bridge before Lake Illawarra Hotel (on the right hand side of the road north-bound).
From 11.30am to 2pm the team will be set up in Corrimal in front of the steam engine.
A full lunch will be provided, including fruit, snacks, burgers (meat and vegetarian) and more.
THE AFTER PARTY - SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Coalcliff Surf Club have kindly offered the use of their facilites for Saturday afternoon (at the finishing point of day one of the walk). From 2pm Saturday 17 March (and into the early evening) the BBQ will be going with a free sausage sizzle for walkers and their family and friends. A huge thank you to Ziems Butchers Corrimal for providing the meat free of charge!
The big finale party will be held on Sunday 18 March at The Shellharbour Club. Come along between 4pm and 6pm for a free feed and entertainment for all walkers.
Shellharbour City Dental have kindly donated a medallion for every walker, which can be collected at the finale party. Friends and family are more than welcome to join in the celebrations.
BENDIGO BUSINESS SPONSOR CHALLENGE
This year Bendigo put the offer out to local businesses to match donations, dollar for dollar.
A massive thank you to the following local businesses for their generous donations:
Lisa Trujillo Active Wear - $1,240
Steve's Joinery - $1,000
Bean Roasted Espresso Bars - $1,000
RiteBuild Pools - $1,000
Awaken Dance and Fitness Academy - $1,000
Lisa Burling Public Relations - $500
SAVING CHLOE SAXBY
We are extremely excited to announce that all funds raised in the 2018 Great Illawarra Walk will be funding research to be undertaken in the Illawarra - through Saving Chloe Saxby - at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).
This is the first time in Australia that Vanishing White Matter Disease is being researched and we need every possible cent to make sure the research continues.
We have a target of $150,000 and we need your help!
Find out more about the research on IHMRI's website:
ABOUT CHLOE SAXBY
Chloe Saxby is a local 9-year-old girl who was diagnosed six years ago with an extremely rare and degenerative brain disease - Vanishing White Matter Disease - for which there is no cure or treatment available.
To find out more about Chloe and her story visit www.chloesaxby.com.au.