Some of the big crowd of people who supported Mary’s Walk, from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi, last Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the memory of the late Mary Kathleen O’Keefe. m141418

Elyse Wilson pushed son Rhett all the way from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi on the rail trail during Mary’s Walk. M161418

ORGANISER of the event for the past 12 years, Bridget O’Keefe, couldn’t have been more delighted with the response to this year’s Mary’s Walk.
The event, which is a fundraiser for the Royal Children’s Hospital staged over 13km from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi is now in its 12th year.
“It was a very successful day with approximately 170 walkers/runners and cyclists enjoying the journey along the rail trail between Kilcunda and the Guide Park in Wonthaggi.
“We raised $5200 for the Royal Children’s Hospital and I loved catching up with our family and friends along the way.”
Bridget gave a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped out, to Mary MacKillop College for the use of their bus and to Voyage Fitness Wonthaggi in helping to promote Mary’s Walk.
Bridget also thanked all her supporters including those at the marshalling points and those at the drink stations.
The walkers, joggers and riders were also thankful for Bridget organising a nice warm westerly wind to follow everyone along the way from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi.
As well as being a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital, Mary’s Walk is dedicated to the memory of Bridget’s daughter, Mary Kathleen O’Keefe who was born with multiple heart and lung defects. Thanks to the expertise of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the family enjoyed 10 precious months with Mary before she passed away early in 2006.
The walk is very much a family event and with such a strong response again this year, it looks certain to become an annual event.
All proceeds go to the Royal Children’s Hospital and you can still give at: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/mary-s-walk-2018
“Thanks for coming out on Good Friday for Mary’s Walk,” said Bridget.

RIGHT: Elyse Wilson pushed son Rhett all the way from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi on the rail trail during Mary’s Walk. M161418