Coastrek participants raise money to help eliminate avoidable blindness by walking along some of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines.
Fred was always up for a challenge
Fred pushed the limits – as a surgeon and humanitarian as well as a mountaineer. So it makes sense that our biggest fundraiser is not only takes place in the great outdoors, but is also a true test of endurance.
What is Coastrek?
Coastrek is an annual event that started in 2009 with only 40 walkers. Since then, almost 10,000 people, of all different fitness levels, have walked the beautiful coastlines of Sydney – and from 2015, we’ve added Melbourne too. In teams of four, with at least two being women, participants have 18 hours to complete the challenge. It’s a great way to get fit, as well as a chance to raise money and transform the lives of people who need it most.
There are lots of ways to get involved with Sydney
Coastrek. You can put together or join a team, sponsor a team or a friend, or even volunteer. Whatever way you choose, your contribution will help us do vital work to end avoidable blindness.
On 4 March 2016, you can choose to challenge yourself with the 55km 'Classic Beach' event from Palm Beach to Balmoral, take on the 50km 'Iconic Harbour' walk from Coogee Beach to Balmoral or trek the shorter 'Jewel in the Crown' 30km between Long Reef to Balmoral. All you need is join Sydney Coastrek in a team of four, but you must start and finish with the same four trekkers (no relay/tag teams).
Registration is open now, so get your team together to help raise money while getting fit.
This year marks Coastrek’s first time in Melbourne. On Friday 20 November 2015, teams of four will walk the 55km of stunning coast from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean. For those looking for a slightly less daunting challenge, there’s also the 30km walk from Koonya Beach to Point Nepean.
The event is sold out for 2015, so get in quickly when registration opens up again in early 2016.
Wild Women On Top
Coastrek is run by the fantastic team at Wild Women On Top
. Di Westaway is its founder, and Lisa Marshall its Director; together, they developed Sydney Coastrek in 2009 to keep their members fit over summer.
Di, Lisa and their team inspire women to transform their lives by helping them set goals and train for challenging adventures around the world. Their teams have trekked iconic locations including Everest Base Camp, Mt Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, Bhutan, Patagonia, GR 20 Corsica, Mt Fansipan, Mt Kinabalu, Mt Elbrus and the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, Mt Aconcagua.
The difference your money makes
Since 2009, Coastrek has helped restore sight to nearly a quarter of a million people and raised over 6 million dollars for The Fred Hollows Foundation.
This is how your fundraising makes such a difference to so many people:
- $100 can fund up to 20 intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery
- $250 can restore sight to 10 people
- $400 represents a full month of eye screenings by an optometrist in Nepal
- $850 can provide glasses for 180 children at a screening camp in Nepal
- $1600 could train a trachoma lid surgeon in Ethiopia
- $4000 could train an eye doctor in Laos to perform cataract surgery on thousands of needlessly blind people
If you have any questions about Coastrek, please get in touch with Markus Schar
, our Partnerships Executive.
Fred’s passion, in addition to ophthalmology, was mountaineering. So Coastrek is very special to me and to The Fred Hollows Foundation.
- Gabi Hollows