Walk for cause

March 25, 2017

organiser Louise Tharratt with children in Kenya

Have you ever thought walking 100km along the beach sounded like fun?

In two weeks time a group of enthusiastic locals will do just that and all in the name of a great cause.

Victoria’s Surf Coast is about to host the group who will be walking from Queenscliff to Lorne in an effort to raise funds to enable Kenyan children to receive an education. And they need your help.

Hiking participants, ranging in age from 19 to 73 are raising funds on behalf of Tumaini Miles of Smiles Australia, which exists to support the Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre in rural western Kenya.

All money raised will be used to pay school fees, which most Kenyan families in the region cannot afford.

Organiser Lois Tharratt said the group was bubbling with enthusiasm, knowing they were about to make a big difference to children who would otherwise be trapped in the poverty cycle.

‘‘My husband and I have been to Tumaini Miles of Smiles in Kenya six times now and have personally seen the difference education can make,’’ Mrs Tharratt said.

‘‘Receiving an education provides hope and a secure future for children who would otherwise be forced to live in poverty their whole lives.

‘‘It is exciting to be able to do something practical about it and I can truly say a little bit goes a long, long way!

‘‘We are a mixed bunch of shop workers, farmers and retirees from around the north east, but united by a common desire to help people less fortunate than ourselves.

‘‘I want these children to have the opportunity to have a future just like my own children.’’

Relying on sponsorship and donations, the group is working towards a target of $10000. You can donate online at or drop in to One Wild Apple Cafe off of Denny St car park and donate in person. All donations are tax deductible.

‘‘We appreciate any and all support,’’ Mrs Tharratt said.

‘‘The group are self-funding the walk, so every single cent will go directly to the cause.’’

●For more information you can visit their Facebook page @OceanWalkforOrphans

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