Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Having the joy of being joined by much missed family and friends, we tackled the final 15kms on Saturday morning.  It was one of those days that is so very hard to put into words.  So much laughter, limping and excited conversations against a perfect Autumn morning as we walked along the beautiful Werribee River and down the Werribee Plaza where all the kids took on rattling tins (you couldn’t pry them out of their eager little hands!).  And who could say no to such gorgeous little faces? 

The few Carmen’s Muesli Bars we had left from our trek were shared amongst the kids during the walk and proved to be just as beneficial to them as they’d been to us over the previous 185kms – there were springs in their shoes I’m sure!

The younger kids brought the cute factor, and the older ones the funk.  Singing songs and leap-frogging over posts (the kids, not us!).

Having left the Plaza we then tackled the final 5 kms to the Bridge Hotel for a 12.30pm finish.  Pooh Bear made it too! 

We were welcomed in by all our supporters and representatives from Rotary, the Children’s Hospital, the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP) and Liberty Insurance Underwriters.

After much back slapping, hugging and fist pumping we retired to the bar to put our feet up and enjoy some well earned ales and walk stories. Not wanting to actually leave our fellow walkers, we ended up staying on until the late afternoon until, sore muscles calling, we all departed for our homes and a nice long bath….

Photo Top: Walkers, Support Crew& Family at the end of the 2012 Walk at the Bridge Hotel Werribee

Photo bottom: Representatives from Rotary, RCH Foundation, VPPCP and Liberty Insurance Underwriters all joined in the arrival celebrations. 

Left to right:

Graham Roper – President, Rotary Club of Werribee
David Duxson – Vice President - Energy, Fire, Construction & Victorian Branch Manager, Liberty International Underwriters (Major sponsors of Walk) and Walk participant
Lauren Stewart – Donor Development Manager, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Dr Jenny Hynson – Paediatrician & Medical Director, Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
Sue Hunt – CEO, Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Liat Harrower – 200km Walk Co-Founder, and mother of Mitchell – who passed away aged 7 in 2008 – in whose honour the 200km Walk was formed
Geoff Smith – PP Rotary Club of Werribee and 200km Walk Co-Founder
Keith Ryall - District Governor, Rotary District 9800
Rachael Patching –200km Walker & Liat’s eldest daughter
Bjorn Lindstrom – 200km Walker and recently returned from 9 months in Afghanistan (front line Medic)
(Kneeling in front)  13 y.o. Taylor Harrower - Liat’s youngest daughter and Walk participant