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Keen hikers prepare for iconic fundraising walk

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation Tasmanian Iconic Walks has put in a considerable amount of planning to be able to offer its third annual fundraising walk on the Tasman Peninsula on 7 November 2020.

“We have considered all the social distancing measures and we have a very thorough COVID safeplan, so assuming there are no further government restrictions, this event will happen,” Tasmanian Iconic Walks founder and chair Jo Cordell-Cooper said.

“We’re calling on all mad keen hikers – or who want to be mad keen hikers – to form teams of four.

“Additionally, we ask our participants to rasie $250 per person or $1000 per team, 100 per cent of this will go to Stroke Foundation as it always has.”

The Stroke Foundation was nominated as charity of choice by Tasmanian Iconic Walks due to a number of board members or past board members having lost family members to stroke.

The sole purpose of Tasmanian Iconic Walks is to raise money for other charities while educating people about minimising their own risk for having a stroke.

Ms Cordell-Cooper said approximately 1,500 Tasmanians have a stroke each and every year.

“Already we have had eight teams express interest and we have attracted two young survivors of stroke – Matt Picone and Nic Stephen,” Ms Cordell-Cooper said.

“Both have had a stroke, been through rehabilitation and made excellent recoveries.

“It’s great for Tasmanian Iconic walks to be able to share the stories of these young men because it is proof that if you receive early medical intervention after a stroke you can go on to live a healthy life and return to work.”

Bott Mr Picone and Mr Stephen will bring teams to the event.

The event will be on 7 November 2020 and will involve a 17km, seven hour wilderness hike from the Tasman Arch to Fortescue Bay.

Entry costs $85 per person as an early bird special before 7 September and $99 after.

Tasmanian Iconic Walks is also hosting a 10 walks, 10 weeks free program via its Facebook page.

From the beginning of Stroke Awareness Week (31 August to 6 September), people are being asked to commit to completing a hike of 60 minutes or longer each week for 10 weeks.

“We then ask that you share your walk on the group and use the hashtag #10walks10weeks and #fightstroke,” Ms Cordell-Cooper said.

“The point is, and the whole concept behind Tasmanian Iconic Walks, is that low levels of physical activity is the number two risk factor for having a stroke, so if you, like us, believe that prevention is better than cure then walking regularly is a way to address your own risk factors for having a stroke.”

For more information about the annual fundraising event, contact info@tasmanianiconicwalks.org or phone Jo Cordell-Copper on 0409 862 206.

Jo Cordell-Cooper owns the award-winning business Jo CC Holistic PT, offers personal training, stress management strategies, preparation for hiking workouts, and adventure travel to multi-day hikes, local and overseas.

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