More than 100 virtual trekkers are out on the trails and we are so excited to say that funds collected so far total more than $47,000. Thank you to all the trekkers for their hard work.
Lots of good tales to tell and you can read more on the ‘Trekkers for Timor’ Facebook page.
Ross Bradstock is a Blue Mountains resident and a Professor at the University of Wollongong.
Ross says, “I’ve been drumming up sponsorship among friends and family for this excellent cause. I’ve be away looking at rainforests on the north coast that were affected by fire last year. This has helped me to put in some early kilometres and I have some bigger walks planned in the Blue Mountains and elsewhere in coming weeks. I live in Wentworth Falls and have recently retired, so I’m in a good position to get moving on the virtual Trek.
I was inspired to sign up for the Trek by a local friend who has been involved in previous years. My motivation to help has been reinforced by recently reading “Oil Under Troubled Waters” by Bernard Collaery, which lays out in no uncertain terms, the sad and unfortunate history of the relationship between Australia and Timor Leste. I also have friends in Darwin who have visited Timor Leste and have told many stories of the wonderful hospitality of the people and the beauty of this island. All these things are ample motivation to clock up the kilometres.”
Sue Atherton (long time volunteer, trekker and committed fundraiser with Trek for Timor) was disappointed when Ultra Trail Australia cancelled the UTA 100km race in the Blue Mountains this weekend.
But Sue decided this was her big chance to raise funds for Trek for Timor and so she did the run anyway. She has just completed the 100km in a personal best time of 18 hours and 36 minutes.
Known as ‘Sue did it in a tutu’, she says “I would like to thank all those who came out and cheered me on! I got a huge lift to see people at various points along the way.”
John Tweedie is in remission from cancer but was determined to maintain his connection with Timor by mirroring the Virtual Trek with a real 120km trek over a number of days from the Sydney suburb of Chatswood all the way up to his Blue Mountains home in Blackheath.
John’s trek started on 17th October when he was joined by numerous friends, including NSW Consul General, Luciano de Conceceiau who walked with the group for the whole day.
You can read John’s story here