Bellerive mother treks to victory

BELLERIVE mother of four Belinda Kendall-White has led her 
team “The Speedy Sloths” to the award for ‘Most Inspiring Team’ in the annual Wild Women on Top Melbourne Coastrek.

One of Australia’s most popular adventure challenges, this year’s Melbourne Coastrek saw 490 teams of four trekkers walk the nature trails, coves and cliff tops of the Mornington Peninsula for 30-kilometres from Koonya Beach or 60-kilometres from Cape Schanck to the finish line at Port Nepean.

The event, held in May, raised more than $1.3 million to assist the Fred Hollows Foundation to continue its fight to end avoidable blindness.

Ms Kendall-White, a producer-presenter on Print Radio Tasmania and
long-time supporter of the Foundation, said she felt the challenge of both the trek and
the fundraising was something not to be resisted.

“As I was planning to be in Melbourne following the birth of my fourth grandchild Charlie, I decided to stay on for the challenge,” she said.

“The Speedy Sloths managed to raise more than $7000 and the support we received from friends, family and local businesses in Hobart has been truly wonderful.”

As this year’s Most Inspiring Team, The Speedy Sloths have received a free team entry to a Coastrek 2018 event in Melbourne, Sydney or the Sunshine Coast.

At 70-years-of-age and an active tennis player and dragon boat paddler, Ms Kendall-White said she only trained lightly for the event.

“However, with plans to now take part again next year, I intend to do a lot more steep hill preparation,” she said.

“To my great surprise, I woke to no signs of
 stiffness or aches and pains following the event – I told everyone it is the result of the Hobart climate.”

Since it began in Sydney in 2010, Coastrek has inspired more than 20,000 trekkers to raise more than $17 million to help continue the work of the late Professor Fred Hollows and restore sight to some of the millions of people in the world living with avoidable blindness.

For more information about the Melbourne Coasttrek, visit www.coasttrek.com.au.

Caption: The Speedy Sloths take a break at London Bridge near the halfway point for the 30-kilometre trek. From left, Belinda Kendall-White, Delores Hidic, Jenny Bell and Georgina Lamb.