Saturday 7 December 2019
A round trip from the Alexandra Gardens, the event took volunteers past lit up night-time attractions, gardens and rivers
Anyone could be a Walking Star. All you needed was pair of runners and a passion for a cancer-free future. Anyone under 18 years of age needed a guardian to go with them.
The Walking Stars course was accessible. There were no steps, ledges or uneven ground along the route. There were some hills, though, with one slope reaching an 18% incline.
Walking Stars 2019 photos
Jessica found hope in Walking Stars after her husband’s cancer diagnosis turned her life upside down. “It just sounded like a great idea – something that was fun and non-competitive, but something that was still going to be really challenging.”
Jessica’ husband Russ sadly passed away from brain cancer, so she walked in his honour. “I called one of my girlfriends who also lost her husband to cancer. She was always a great support to me, so I asked if she’d do it with me. She said yes!”
The mother of one has learned a few things through Walking Stars. “I think sharing my story was the most important thing for my fundraising. It was amazing how it spread through work colleagues and extended networks – that has been so surprising and wonderful,” shared Jessica.
Read more about Jessica's story.