Coastrek, Coaches & Community Confessions

Di Westaway | CEO Wild Women On Top

“I’ve got this great way to help our girls stay fit & motivated over Xmas,” I said six years ago. “Let’s walk from La Perouse to Palm Beach.

Within weeks in March 2009, about 40 of our girls threw on their packs and boots and walked an incredible 126 kilometers along the Sydney Coast. They navigated with Sydway maps via a water cask at Sirius Cove. We raised $200 for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Sydney Coastrek was born.

Some of these original trekkers, like Wild Woman On Top, Julie McCrossin, have become serial Coastrekkers.  Julie has done every Coastrek since we began. This year she was joined by nearly 3,000 others, raising $2.5 million to restore sight.

Every trekker has a story – a different challenge: a sick child; ailing grandma; last minute injury; unexpected stubbed toe; personal crisis; work issue; emotional trauma and or a surprise diary clash … but in spite of all this, our Coastrekkers have kept on trekking; over 90% of them crossing that finish line, becoming heroes to their families.

Our coaches had to wait five years before they were allowed to join the event as trekkers. Last Saturday, in the early hours of the morning, the Wild Women On Top coaches team, including Roz Warne, Jo Vartanian and Lisa Murphy, did an unofficial 50km Night Coastrek, in under 7 hours while Coaches Kelly Books, Nicola Moran, Jacq Conway, Wanda Nicholson and Katherine Rothwell worked around the clock for up to 36 hours to support our trekkers.

WOW! Thanks and Congratulations to you, and EVERY single trekker, vollie, sponsor and supporter who helped restore sight to 100,000 people.

Surprisingly, over 80% of our trekkers each year are first timers. And their achievement is extraordinary. Stories of commitment and inspiration are pouring into the Coastrek office, trek tales full of astoundingly inspiring journeys.

But the trekkers who come back every year, as walkers or vollies, are truly legends. Ange Flannery, Christina Cleaver, Anne Wajon, Heather Menzies, Christine Sokolich, The Friday Gals, Penny Tribe, the Hollows Family, Deb Keys, and numerous others continue to support our community trekking to restore sight.

We would love to hear your stories. If you know a trekker who has done every single Coastrek, as a trekkers or vollie, since 2010, lets’ celebrate them.

Please post them on Facebook and let’s give them a cheer. It’s an amazing achievement and we would love to hear their stories.

Thank YOU to our truly inspiring community of Coastrekkers, trekking to restore sight for The Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a privilege to share this journey with you.

Warm Wild Wishes,



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