FIFTY hikers donned their walking boots and tackled one of Tasmania’s well-known wilderness trails as part of Tasmanian Iconic Walks’ annual fundraising event.
Held on 2 March, the event saw participants walk from the Tasman Arch to Fortescue Bay, raising more than $24,000 for the Stroke Foundation.
“Despite the high temperatures in Hobart, the Tasman region was much cooler so it made for a magnificent hike of Tasmania’s most glorious long day wilderness trail,” event organiser Jo Cordell-Cooper said.
Specifically created to educate and raise awareness about stroke, teams of four signed up for the event last year and have been training hard since to be fit enough to complete.
Tasmanian Iconic Walks deliberately chose a challenging walk so participants who were struggling up a hill might reflect on what it is like to have a stroke, to struggle, and be left behind.
The teams of four were chosen to represent a mini community – how might we treat people who have had a stroke, who struggle with movement or speech or become easily confused or have feelings of being overwhelmed?
“Over the day there can be big mood swings from elation to deep fatigue – that’s humbling for some,” Ms Cordell-Cooper said.
“We want them to reflect on that.
“Tomorrow they will wake up healthy, which is not the reality for the stroke survivor.
“It is important for us, as event organisers, that our participants are aware that as they improve their own fitness, they reduce their own risk of having a stroke.
“The number two reason for people having a stroke is low levels of physical activity.”
Additionally, hikers take on the event knowing they are required to raise money, 100 per cent of which is donated to the Stroke Foundation.
For more information about Tasmanian Iconic Walks, visit https://tasmanianiconicwalks.org.
Caption: Participants at the recent Tasmanian Iconic Walks fundraising event.