This weekend, 1000 people are expected to walk across the Sea Cliff Bridge to raise money for local nine year old Chloe Saxby.
On Saturday March 17, they’re taking part in the Great Illawarra Walk which covers the 50 kilometres between Shellharbour and Coalcliff- then another 50 back the following day- Sunday March 18.
The Great Illawarra Walk is now in its 10th year and has raised more than half a million dollars for charities including Camp Quality and Wollongong Hospital’s neonatal unit. This year it’s Saving Chloe Saxby.
Chloe has been diagnosed with the rare ‘Vanishing White Matter Disease’ and the race is on to find a cure. However funding is urgently needed to speed up the process.
Chloe’s mum Nyree says community support is crucial.
“As a small charity raising funds for an extremely rare disease it can be difficult to get large scale support and the type of funding we need to save Chloe’s life and the lives of children like her.
“We are ever so grateful to the committee of the Great Illawarra Walk and the event sponsors for choosing ‘Saving Chloe Saxby’ as their charity for this year.”
Great Illawarra Walk founder Chris Lovatt says the event brings the community together to support children in need.
“We have been proudly supporting Illawarra children for 11 years,” says Chris. “We rely on sponsorship and the efforts of a passionate team of volunteers. Everything we provide our walkers, including the t-shirt, is donated, which means the full registration fee and all subsequent donations are given to our chosen charity.”
The event attracts increasing support each year and this year, organisers hope more than 1000 people will sign up to help raise $150,000 to help save Chloe Saxby.
Registration is now open:- you can sign up HERE