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IN THE coming months you might spot four local women tramping roadside day or night.
They are in rigorous training for the April 2016 OXFAM Trailwalker challenge. Look out for their bright orange “Meander Valley Tassie She Devil” T-shirts designed by team member and artist Le-Anne Deckers. Give them a wide berth and a friendly wave.
Training began last July when the team’s earliest sessions were done in snow gloves and beanies.
Recent preparations have moved up a level with weekly walks of 20+km and in between, easy 10km walks, hill and strength training.
The support crew have also begun practicing, providing food and water stops, including tending the inevitable blisters.
Training will peak with a 50km walk scheduled for late February and then it will be a tapered program to the big event.
Local Branch of the Bendigo Bank has already provided some sponsorship to help the team and their two-man support crew get to the Dandenong Ranges for the grueling 100km walk.
The team plan is to complete the event nonstop in order to come in under the 48hour maximum time.
Together they’re raising money and awareness for Oxfam Australia, an organisation that provides humanitarian support in more than 28 countries, including Indigenous Australia.
Carolyn Burgess, Le-Anne Deckers, Debby Kemsley and Tara Ulbrich are hoping to raise well over $1,400. And you can help by going to their team space https:// trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/ my/team/22532 to make your tax deductible donation, or you can pop into the Deloraine Branch of the Bendigo Bank and donate there.
Asked what she will do after the event Debby Kemsley replied, “Just keep on walking!” Other team members aren’t so sure, but they’re all enjoying improved fitness and the chance to contribute to Oxfam’s work.
[udesign_icon_font name="fa fa-camera" color="#000000"] Mike Moores