EACH Good Friday for the past 11 years, family and friends of the late Mary Kathleen O’Keefe of Wonthaggi have got together to enjoy the local coastline and spend the morning walking or riding along the Rail Trail between Kilcunda and Wonthaggi.
And ‘Mary’s Walk’ is on again this year too, starting at the Kilcunda carpark at 9am.
Mary Kathleen O’Keefe was born with multiple heart and lung defects but thanks to the expertise of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the family enjoyed 10 precious months with her before she passed away early in 2006.
As recognition of the appreciation the O’Keefe family felt for the hospital’s efforts, they organise this yearly event.
Please join them walking, running or riding from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi from 9am this Good Friday, April 14. The walk will begin at the top Kilcunda car park and finish at the Wonthaggi Guide Park where transportion will be available to return you to Kilcunda to collect your car.
The rail trail is approximately 13kms long. The surface is wide, gravelly and fairly flat, suitable for cyclists, walkers and prams. There are a few supervised road crossings along the way.
It is suggested that you bring a water bottle although water will be provided along the way and at the finishing point.
Some volunteers are required so please let Bridget O’Keefe know if you or any family or friends can help on the day.
Suggested donation is $20 per family or $10 per person.
All proceeds to the Royal Children’s Hospital. Last year there were 150 participants and $4000 was raised.
Thanks to Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College for donating the use of its bus and thanks to the volunteers who help with this worthy cause.