Staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery walked 100 kilometres through a day and night to raise more than $4000 for Oxfam.
Lecturers Gayle McLelland, Katrina Recoche, Rebecca Vanderheide and Helen Hall participated in the gruelling Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising event with the help of support crew Julia Morphet, Sue Lee, Kelli Innes and Jill French, also from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The team set off on 1 April at 8.30am from Jells Park in Wheelers Hill and finished at the Yarra Valley's Wesburn Park. The walkers continued through the night and crossed the finish line the next day in approximately 30 hours.
As well as taking on the physical challenge, the team raised $4270 to help overcome poverty and suffering. They completed months of preparation for the challenge, undertaking a 50 kilometre section of the route in one day; stair climbs up Olivers Hill in Frankston; and night training to prepare for the overnight walking.
The walkers were thrilled to complete the event and thanked everyone who had supported them. “This was an achievement that could not have been accomplished without the support of everyone from the support crew, to the donations, to all of the warm wishes along the way,” Gayle said.
Helen, who has undertaken the challenge before, said the walk was a great way to get involved in a community event. “While it takes some preparation, it also provides a great opportunity to get fit while working together with friends, family and colleagues. The sense of achievement at the end is great and it's heartening to know that the money you have raised benefits communities around the world."