Here at the Surf Coast Trek we love sharing the reasons why our trekkers have chosen to take on the Trek. This time around we spoke with ‘Walkie Talkies Duo’ Kylie and Gordi, who have completed the Trek before and were the first team to reach their fundraising target.
How did you first hear about the Surf Coast Trek?
Via promotional emails from Give Where You Live.
What was the main reason you wanted to take part in the fundraising event?
To assist with raising funds for the Kids Plus Foundation and to support our local community charities — Give Where You Live does an amazing job with supporting our local communities. Secondly, it was also to improve on our fitness and [complete] the challenge of walking 40kms in one day.
It looks like you’ve completed the trek before too, how did you find that first experience? What advice would you give to those who haven’t done the trek before?
Gordi and I both did the trek the first time in the inaugural event. Initially we struggled as we were eager to get ahead but should really set a steady pace, rather than try to be the first at the finish line (which was never going to happen! 😊). It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the coast, bushland and beaches we had never seen before as most of the Trek is inaccessible by car. The scenery along our local coastline is amazing. We also enjoyed talking to the other participants who were pepping us up along the way. There was a great community spirit during the trek.
Advise for those who haven’t done the trek before: Wear decent hiking boots, you will need them. And make sure you wear them in before the day! We had lots of blisters during our training walks but got our feet Trek-ready so there were no blisters on the day. Also, don’t leave training for the Trek to the last month prior to the event.
Have you ever taken part in a physical challenge like this before?
No [it’s our] first time, but it did not deter us from doing it again even after all the blisters. And it was on my bucket list 😊
You were the first team to reach your fundraising target, how did you get there?
Our company provided a generous donation and we have many supporters within our organisation who continuously support Give Where You Live— weekly and fortnightly. People should remember that it doesn’t hurt to simply ask for donations.
Do you have any fundraising tips you’d like to give other trekkers?
Plan fundraising events, like a Trivia Night and raffles as companies around Geelong will donate prizes if you let them know it’s for a good cause. Send out an email to work colleagues, let them know what you are doing and forward the link to your fundraising page. Put a post on your Facebook or social media account with the link to donate. Ask family and friends to pass on the donation link to their friends and families. Every bit helps, but it doesn’t have to always be about trying to organise a fundraising event – you can simply encourage family and friends to donate.
What piece of advice would you give to those on the fence about joining the trek?
Just DO IT, it’s the best feeling of accomplishment when you get to the finish line.
And how are you feeling with the Trek coming up in April? What are your training plans?[We’re] looking forward to the Trek as we know what we are in for. We try to get out for a walk each week, where we usually do 10-12kms. We plan to ramp up our usual weekly walks to 15-20kms and upwards starting from January 2019. We treat our walks as therapy sessions as we love to talk but enjoy just being outdoors 😊. It is great for the mind and body.
You can donate to the Walkie Talkies Duo via their fundraising page here.