THE LONG WALK
We're in awe of John Olsen's marathon 2016 solo journey by foot across the continent in fundraising for Leukodystrophy Australia.
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The Long Walk for Leukodystrophy
On Thursday 31st March 2016, John began his walk from the very tip of Cape York. He initially walked to his base camp where he completed his preparation and setup before commencing the bulk of his walk on Sunday 3rd April. On Saturday 24th December 2016, John walked the final few kms to Cape Leeuwin (the south west most tip of Australia) to formally complete his Long Walk for Leukodystrophy - over 5,000kms! John then walked another 300-400kms to the outskirts of Perth for good measure!
John has joked that this was not just the longest walk for Leukodystrophy but also the longest limp :-) A joke for John, but an important reminder about John's effort and achievement!
Having arrived back at home in Geelong, the walk might have finished, but John has further plans...stay tuned!
Thanks again John for your super human effort for Leukodystrophy!
The satellite tracking of John's walk across Australia
WITH THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS PROVISION OF SERVICES/PRODUCT FOR JOHN'S LONG WALK
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The Walker - John Olsen
On 31 March 2016, John Olsen, a 30+ year member of Lions and a member for the past 5 years of the Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay, Inc embarked on a monumental Trans-Australian walk.
John walked diagonally across Australia from Cape York (QLD) to Cape Leeuwin (WA) - the most North Eastern and South Western tips of Australia. After reaching Cape Leeuwin, John originally anticipated the Long Walk would take him 5-6 months to complete, however, due to early tough conditions and more kms due to unforeseen detours, he finished on 24 December 2016 (followed by a leisurely stroll to the outskirts of Perth for good measure) - a super marathon effort!
John’s latest self-motivated task was a huge one and capped off a history of gruelling endeavour, with two previous transcontinental walks; the first, in 2004, North to South from Cape York (QLD) to South West Cape (TAS), and the second, in 2008, West to East from Steep Point (WA) to Byron Bay (NSW), and then for good measure 1,800 km home to Geelong on foot.
John is the first (certainly solo and without a support crew) to complete this latest endeavour - a solo diagonal crossing of Australia on foot.
John’s first walk was simply about John setting a task for himself and then putting himself to the test. It became a fundraiser as he progressed when people he met along the way insisted on giving him charitable donations. In the end it became a substantial fundraiser for the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation.
John's second walk was also about setting a task for himself but on this occasion he focused on two specific charities, namely, the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation and Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group.
This third walk was also about John setting personal goals but the primary purpose of this walk has been to raise funds for Leukodystrophy Australia (previously the Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group). John’s partner, Vida, died of the condition early in 2014 and so John is walking in Vida's memory.
Further Details on John's walk
John's effort is supported by the Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay, Inc.
For further details and enquiries on John's walk, please contact Ralph Patford, President Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay, Inc.
mobile: 0402 009 391
Leukodystrophy Australia (The Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group Inc) and Lions Club of Geelong Corio Bay, Inc. thanks you for your interest in support of the Long Walk for Leukodystrophy.
All proceeds of the fundraising shall be paid into an authorized “Gift Fund” – a Trust Account at the Westpac Bank, titled “Long Walk for Leukodystrophy", with Leukodystrophy Australia being the sole beneficiary.
The Australian Leukodystrophy Support Group Inc. is registered on the Australian Business Register – ABN Number 61091020021 and has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient as per Item 1 of the Table in Section 30 – 15 of the Income Assessment Act and donations to the “Gift Fund” provide Tax Deductibility entitlements for donations of $2 or more.
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