Friday 11th October is the Will 2 Walk annual fundraiser for the Stroke Association Victoria, 2019 will be the inaugural year for The Bendigo Stroke Support Centre. The walk will see members, friends and family embark on up to a 20km walk along the The O’Keefe Rail Trail to raise funds to support the many programs and activities that make the Bendigo Stroke Support Centre so valuable to the stroke community in our region. The journey is a gesture of respect, gratitude and encouragement for the stroke community. Our walkers, each affected differently by stroke, are united in the goal of representing each and every stroke survivor and carer and the daily hurdles they overcome living with the effects of stroke.
The O’Keefe Rail Trail runs from Heathcote to Bendigo and is 50 kilometres long. Bendigo’s Will 2 Walk event will begin at just over the half way point at the Axedale Golf Course and will weave its way through spectacular views of bushland, open fields and farms, finishing up at Lake Weeroona (Lake Weeroona Rowing Club Pavilion).
Start Locations & Times
20km Walk – Start time 7:30am (Meet at Axedale Golf Course Carpark)
10km Walk – Start time 9:30am (Meet at Bennetts Road, O’Keefe Rail Trail, Junortoun)
5km Walk – Start time 10:30am (Meet at Bendigo Baptist Church Carpark, Junortoun)
1.2km & 2.4km walk – Start time 11:00am (Meet at Rowing Club Pavilion & compete one or two loops of Lake Weeroona)
*Arrive 15 minutes prior to start time to allow enough time to check name off participant list.
The event will be followed by a community BBQ & celebration at The Lake Weeroona Rowing Club Pavilion, hosted in partnership with Rotary Club of Eaglehawk (12pm – 3pm).
Those requiring transportation, Axedale Coachlines are generously providing a coach to transport walkers to each start points. Please indicate on registration form if you require a seat on the bus, it will depart from Lake Weeroona carpark (behind rowing club) at the following times:- 20km = 6:45am, 10km = 9:00am & 5km @ 10:00am.
There are toilet facilities at the following locations along the route:-
• Axedale Golf Course, Axedale
• Longlea Recreational Reserve, Longlea
• Bendigo Baptist Church Carpark, Junortoun
• Lake Weeroona Rowing Club Pavilion
• Dogs must remain on leads for duration of event and will not be allowed on coach
• Children must be supervised by an adult
• We suggest that participants carry a small pack with a bottle of water and snacks to remain hydrated.
• All participants must register by completing the registration form and participant waiver, a copy of this can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're unable to participate in the event that is okay because you can support the walker(s) of your choice by clicking the ‘Give Now’ button below or on their profile and making a donation, and spread the word by sharing this page with your family and friends. All proceeds will go to the Bendigo Stroke Support Centre.
The Bendigo Stroke Support Centre and the Stroke Association of Victoria would like to thank you in advance for your generosity. Your support helps us achieve our goal of helping stroke survivors and their families to re-engage with their community and relearn the skills they need to regain independence and reduce isolation.