Walk 26 on March 26.
We’re in the final planning stages for the 2017 Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer.
Mark it in your diary. It’s easy to remember: you’ll be walking 26 kilometres on March 26.
Our events team have been out to test-walk the route and lock-down the last of the details for the big day. They altered the path to include new harbour views and moved the finish line to a more picturesque location. The finish area remains within easy access to the walkers’ after-party at Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific.
This year we’re introducing a Virtual Walk where you can join in by doing a weekly steps challenge. Designed for anyone who wants to contribute but for whatever reason can’t manage the 26 kilometres, it's perfect for schools and community groups, and for those out of easy reach of Sydney.
Knowing they needed someone who could go the distance, the events team enlisted Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s inimitable widow Carol to help finalise the route. As a veteran of every walk since the inaugural one in 2008, Carol is as fit and committed to the legacy of her husband as ever. Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson was by all accounts a friendly caring soul. Father of two, grandpa to seven, he was the sort of guy everyone liked; warm, gregarious and fun.
When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007, Bob responded in an unusual way. He decided to organise a fundraising event to collect money—not for his needs—but for the young oncology patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Generous and magnanimous, and many would say, an act of love.
Unfortunately, Bob lost his battle with cancer three weeks before the first walk. His family and friends completed the walk in his memory and every year since. In that time they have raised more than $500,000 for the Hospital’s Cancer Centre for Children.
Bob spent his some of working life as a submariner, and Sydney Harbour with its many historic naval landmarks is the ideal location for ‘his walk’. The route reflects his deep connection with water and offers snippets of maritime history along the way. You’ll pass four significant naval fortifications between Taronga Zoo and Mosman, and be privy to an excellent view of the current naval facility at Garden Island in Woolloomooloo. As you cross the Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison, one-time colonial gallows and military stronghold from the 1840s through to after WWII, is visible to the east.
So come along and join in—enjoy the spectacular harbourside walk, raise money for an important cause and be inspired by the legacy of a man who gave to others.
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