Fred Hollows Foundation to benefit from trek
A ONE-DAY 50km trek comes with a mix of emotions for Sue Saggers.
The 49-year-old and three others -Melissa Crawford, 36, Yvonne Rundle, 49, and David Rundle, 51 -make up the first Tasmanian team to participate in the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek, 50-100km Team Challenge.
The event is not exclusive to females.
“Anxious, worried, daunted and excited by it,” Mrs Saggers said.
Their team, the “Scrambling Legs”, will trek 50km on Sydney’s northern beaches to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Mrs Saggers is out to prove a point.
Devonport’s Sue Saggers is one of a four-person Coastal team trekking 50km next week to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Picture: Meg Windram.
“We are hoping to prove that you’re never too old,” she said.
“We have been preparing for quite some time, a couple of us have done the triple top mountain trek a couple of months ago.”
Her team hiked 19.7km of Mount Claude, Mount Van Dyke and Mount Roland all in a day.
That hike has the team somewhat prepared for what it is to face.
“That was tough,” Mrs Saggers said.
“That was the toughest thing I’ve done in my life.
“It’s probably over and above what we will be doing.”
The challenge held on February 28 will tackle 50km from Palm Beach Balmoral.
Mrs Saggers said the walk could take 12 hours.
Nearly 3000 trekkers from all over Australian will participate in the event.
The hope is to raise $2.5thmillion, for the The Fred Hollows Foundation goal of ending avoidable blindness by 2020.
“I had a mutual friend that entered last year, she’s from Western Australia, she told me about it,” Mrs Saggers said.
“If I could have entered last year I would have, but I’ve made a point of entering this year.
“The aim is to raise money for the Fred Hollows Foundation and we have a target of $2000.”
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