Chinchilla women to walk 100km in two days for charity
WALKING 100km in only two days is not everyone's idea of a relaxing weekend.
But for four intrepid Chinchilla women, it's a challenge they are willing to face for a good cause.
Elaina Riebe, Aja O'Leary, Charlotte McCaw, and Amber Byrne will travel to Brisbane in June to participate in the Oxfam Brisbane Trailwalker, a 100km endurance challenge which winds its way through woodlands and forests from Mount Glorious to Mt Coot-tha.
Mrs O'Leary said the team, known as the Walkie Talkies, decided to take on the challenge as a way to raise money for Oxfam Australia and support those less fortunate, while also giving themselves a physical test.
"The main thing for us is ... I know that we have a problem even in Australia, there are people that are not that fortunate,” Mrs O'Leary said.
"It's just ... trying to help raise money for the people in Africa and all around the world really, while training ourselves physically as well.”
The quartet hopes to raise at least $1500 for the charity through fundraisers in the lead-up to the challenge which is only weeks away.
"We are excited by the challenge and have been training super hard to make sure we are ready to take on the trail,” Mrs O'Leary said.
"We are constantly learning - learning how to preventatively tape our feet to protect from blisters; how to stay hydrated and nourished. Learning about what types of food we should be eating along the trail and how frequently. Learning what gear feels most comfortable; how often to change our socks and shoes; how to use walking poles and night head lamps.
"So far we've got an amazing glimpse into the hard work, dedication, energy and pain tolerance we'll see on the weekend of the event.”
Mrs O'Leary said the training, which included travelling to Toowoomba to walk up and down the Toowoomba Range, had so far been a "good challenge for the team”.
"I personally use the work Oxfam undertakes as inspiration,” she said.
"Every now and then I will be out walking and think 'I'm tired and my feet hurt,' then I think how pathetic that is.
"Kids walk this far for dirty water with bare feet and empty bellies. I, meanwhile, have on my brand new hiking shoes and special socks, compression clothing, iPod playing and a bottle full of water.”
As part of their fundraising efforts, the team are holding a movie premier of Deadpool 2 next Thursday.
Tickets are available at Chinchilla 1 Hour Photos and Black Toyota for $20.
The Walkie Talkies will also raise funds with a jumping castle at the Chinchilla Show.
To donate, visit the team page at https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/my/team/31126.