Episode 12 – The Final Episode – The Event at last
As this is our very last Tales from the Trail, we would like to sincerely thank all of you who supported us throughout the whole time – from training to event. So many people donated to a cause that we felt was worthy enough to make the effort for. From Tracy’s work colleague who, along with the rest of his family, donated on behalf of his grand-daughter to honour the assistance that charity dollars had provided in keeping her alive at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 4 years until a cure could be found for her, to the members of Gwen’s weight loss club (TOWN) who were so inspired by her efforts that their continued donations spurred her on. The members of Gwen, Thelma and Maureen’s church, who decided that walking wasn’t enough and that Gwen needed to practise her public speaking to explain the cause to them as well, to our son’s primary school who conducted a gold-coin donation casual dress day. Our friends and our families who supported us so much, both with donations and with the moral support that helped us on our journey. We thank you all. Between you all, team 672 “We’re doing what?” has raised over $3,000 towards helping disadvantaged communities around the world.
Secondly, we need to thank, as we could never have done the walk without them, our support crew. Steve and Bev, Chris, Thelma and Charles, Sandi and Maureen. You guys were fantastic! You came out training with us, you were ready with yummy, warm, energy rich food at each check point, you pampered us, you filled up our water bottles, you were ready with changes of socks, bandaids and extra clothing for when we needed it, and you did it all in ½ hour blocks before getting us out of the checkpoint on schedule, packing up and moving to the next spot to do it all again. Thank you from the soles of our feet.
And the last group, but by no mean the least, our families, particularly Kira, Liam and George, who lived without us every Saturday for 4 months as we went out to train, who massaged us, who rolled their eyes at our stories, and who will now need to learn to have us around again. And to Ken, for graciously ‘sitting on babies’ every week. We really do appreciate it. Thank you to all of you for letting us have this time.