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‘Goddesses’ get back on their feet for cancer walk

THEIR husbands think it’s a real stretch, their wives get a giggle from it, but the Aegle Girls are off on a real walking feat this weekend to aid the treatment of cancer patients.
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WOMEN ON A TREK: Sarah Alden, Annabelle Williams, Sally Roger, Kate Gerathy, Kim Campbell, Jo Wallace, Kirsty Maidment, Kelly Newsome and Kelly Burnett are nine Tamworth mums set for a two-day walking feat this weekend.Photo: Barry Smith 031114BSE02

Aegle might have been themythological Greek goddess of good health but team leader Jo Wallace reckons it seemed like a good namesake for the group of 10 women taking part in this weekend’s 60-kilometre trekthrough Sydney streets and suburbs.

“Well, it was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek thing, a bit of a joke but I googled it and Aegle was the goddess of radiant good health and that seems appropriate,” Jo Wallace conceded yesterday.

“My husband thought it was a bit far fetched but anyway …”

So, a group of women who once went to Sydney around about now to shop ’til they dropped, have swapped their shoes for their joggers and a cause close to all their hearts. Nine of them are from Tamworth and aregood friends and young mums.

The 10th walker is Edwina, Jo’s best friend since they were 12 years old, who will fly in from New Zealand.

Both Edwina and Jo lost mums to cancer. All of them have been touched by the Big C in one way or another – so when Jo’s sister, who works at the Chris O’Brien Lighthouse in Sydney suggested she walk with her this year, Jo took it another step.

She enlisted the others for the team.

They’re out to walk from Darling Harbour on Saturday, camp in two-man tents at Parramatta, and then come back another 30km on Sunday to finish at the starting line again.

On the way, they’ll go past the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

He was the cancer specialist who died in 2009 after a three year battle with an aggressive brain tumor. The Lifehouse is the integrated cancer treatment centre working to make things easier for those with cancer.

“It’s an amazing organisation and an amazing story and it’s for public and private patients and we’re helping in our small way,” Ms Wallace said.

“We started training seriously I suppose four months ago, but we didn’t do it all together and we did our own thing. We tried to all come together and do a big 20km Saturday walk.”

They might come from all walks of life too, but mainly it’s not from an athletic one. Except for Kate Gerathy, who runs marathons, the others can’t claim fame for fitness regimes before this.

“We’re by no means marathon runners, except Kate. But yes, we are all fitter for it now.”

They’re also fatter when it comes to the financial stakes. They’ve raised $20,000 and want to get to $25,000 for the team.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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