Walkies Talkies organiser goes the extra mile

LONG-time Warrane resident Dorothy Batt has always been a good organiser.

Now she has put these skills to good use in her role as walk organiser for the Clarence Walkies Talkies Walking Group.

In recognition of her efforts during the past 17-years with the group, Ms Batt has been presented with the National Heart Foundation’s “Tasmanian Golden Shoe” award.

Ms Batt, who was nominated by group coordinator Corinna McCarthy, said she was “thrilled to bits” to receive the award.

“Acting as walk organiser for the Walkies Talkies isn’t something I do for recognition,” she said.

“Organising is just something I do for myself because I enjoy it and it gets me out of the house, but I’m glad that those around me think I’m doing a good job and appreciate my efforts.

“It really does mean a lot to receive this award as it shows that I’ve achieved something – even as small as it is.”

With more than 25,000 Heart Foundation participants in Australia, the Golden Shoe Awards recognise individuals in three categories – local coordinator, walk organiser and walker.

Heart Foundation chief medical advisor Garry Jennings said participating in walking groups was the first step to becoming more active, but that the winners had taken further steps to assist members to improve their health through walking.

“The Golden Shoe Awards is a great way to recognise and congratulate individuals who have shown support and dedication to members of their community and taken extra steps to assist in optimising health through walking,” he said.

Ms Batt said the walking group was a great way to stay social and mix with other people in the community.

“Most of the members of the Walkies Talkies are widowed, so it’s a good way to get us out of the house and talking to other people,” she said.

“And, of course, the benefits to our health is just an added bonus.”

As part of the award, Ms Batt received a certificate, Golden Shoe Award badge and a $50 merchandise voucher for the Heart Foundation online shop.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking network and provides a simple, safe way to stay active.

To become a virtual walker, or the join or start a walking group, visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au or phone 1300 362 787.

For more information about the Clarence Walkies Talkies Walking Group, phone Dot on 6244 6276 or Mavis on 6247 8696.

Caption: Dorothy Batt has been awarded the National Heart Foundation’s “Tasmanian Golden Shoe” award for her role as walk organiser for the Clarence Walkies Talkies Walking Group.