The 2019 Cargo to Grenfell (C2G) charity walk took place last week with a record number of entrants embarking on the 96km challenge.
Sixty four registered participants began the walk at Cargo on Thursday March 7 completing the first stage after arriving in Canowindra later that day. Friday saw the group head to their second destination in Gooloogong where they all enjoyed a well-earned rest before tackling the gruelling 45km final stretch to Grenfell on Saturday.
Event coordinators Toby Barons and Sarah Knowles said they were overwhelmed with the commitment and determination of the walkers as well as their dedicated volunteer crew and members of the public.
"We had a few walkers wake up on day 3 feeling sore and sorry, assuming they would only make a couple of kilometres that day, but ended up making the entire final 45km," said Sarah
"It was so amazing to see those who didn’t make the whole 96kms still hang around to help out with anything we needed, supporting their fellow walkers and the crew,
"We had so many people driving past, waving, honking and giving cash donations." she added.
Although not a race, crossing the finishing line with the fastest time this year was Toby's dad Steve Barons.
Toby and Sarah had a goal of raising $15,000 for the Black Dog Institute and are thrilled to announce that as of Monday that figure had reached $28,000 and with the fundraiser open until March 20 they are still receiving donations.
"We are absolutely thrilled with how the event went and so thankful for the support we received from so many people," Sarah said
We are absolutely thrilled with how the event went and so thankful for the support we received from so many people.Sarah Knowles - C2G Event Coordinator
"Particularly our volunteers, sponsors, the businesses that donated resources and the individuals that supported us, we can't thank you enough."
You can make a donation by visiting the C2G Facebook page at www.facebook.com/c2gwalk/, all proceeds go to the Black Dog Institute, assisting those suffering depression and mental illness.