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Time to tackle Tassie’s iconic walks

ASPIRING hikers will once again have the chance to don their walking boots and tackle one of Tasmania’s well-known wilderness trails when Tasmanian Iconic Walks’ annual fundraising event returns for another year.

To be held on 7 November 2020, the event will see participants make their way from the Tasman Arch to Fortescue Bay, with 100 per cent of funds raised by participants to be donated to the Stroke Foundation.

Tasmanian Iconic Walks founder Jo Cordell-Cooper said she was delighted to announce they had received a generous donation from Hobart Rotary.

She said this would enable them to hold the event for another two years, at least.

“We are really excited to be offering the event for the third year running,” she said.

“Last year, we were a little down on numbers, but our participants raised more than $27,000.

“They were really passionate about the cause and were really motivated and dedicated to raising money for the Stroke Foundation.

“In 2019, we attracted Nic Stephen to our event, who had a stroke aged 37.

“When people understand that you can have a stroke as a young person and make a good recovery, they are willing to donate – they can see it is a worthy cause.

“As an organisation, it is important for us to spread our message that lack of physical exercise is the second highest risk factor for having a stroke, so it is important for the knowledge to get out in the community.

“If you prepare for an event like this, you will not only be fitter, but will also lower your personal risk of stroke.”

Ms Cordell-Cooper said it had been difficult to raise funds for Tasmanian Iconic Walks as many people confused the organisation with the Stroke Foundation.

“We actually help fund the Stroke Foundation, not the other way around – $1 to us is $3.61 to the Stroke Foundation,” she said.

“People are pretty surprised to hear we have set up this organisation to help others, and it is as simple as that.

“When people hear our story of how we have lost loved ones to stroke, they understand.”

Ms Cordell-Cooper invited workplaces and community organisations who might be interested in placing a team in the event to get involved.

“We are offering free inspiring talks, sharing our story of how our organisation came to be and how with zero dollars behind us, we became the Stroke Foundation’s largest single event donor and winner of its National 2019 Fundraiser of the Year Award,” she said.

“It’s a great story of how tragedy can lead to doing a great good deed that will help others.”

For more information about the event, register on the webpage for early bird emails at tasmanianiconicwalks.org or follow the Facebook Page Tasmanian Iconic Walks.

Caption: Tasmanian Iconic Walks founder Jo Cordell-Cooper is encouraging locals, workplaces and community organisations to get involved in this year’s event.