We had an another amazing Go The Extra Mile Saturday 7th May 2016 with 277 walkers starting and an awesome 217 managing to cross the finish line at Ferny Creek - we know that this walk is tough so an incredible achievement to all our walkers!
The day started at Jells Park with a perfect morning and continued throughout the day. Just after sun break the stream of walkers headed on their way with great big smiles on their faces - all with their own individual goals in mind. With the day's perfect conditions, we saw the walkers make their way through the course stopping at the Pitstops along the way where they were greeted by their support crews - some of whom themselves went the "extra mile" with home cooked meals, foot massages and plenty of encouragement.
Congratulations to our Event Winners!
Special mention to David Spencer (of team 'Thirty One Hard Miles') who once again was the first to cross the line. His total run time of 5hrs and 12mins over the 50km course had him crossing the line at 12:12pm. Not only did he cross the line but he was still there at the end of the night to see his mum cross the line at the ripe young age of 73yrs. Dave then decided this was not enough and remained at the Finish to help us all pack up the event - what a legend!!
Well done David. You can check out his event performance here.
Second line honours went to Kevin Palmer (Hills Tribe) who crossed at 12:49 - congratulations Kevin. Third place went to Andray Voronov (Bootcamp HQ)- who ran in at 1.35pm - well done Andray!
We need to make special mention of the 70 plus people who put up their hands to volunteer with the event. Their assistance made for an amazing day - and all walkers were grateful for the encouragement that they received along the way.
A big "thank you" to you all for your tireless and amazing efforts.
Without everyone doing their part we would not be able to make our walk possible and raise the much needed funds that assists us in breaking the cycle of poverty for the many people supported in the Village of Hope, The Home of Hope, Youth Support Uganda and the projects that help them achieve sustainability.
The effort of all our walkers to raise over $80,000 has been phenomenal, these funds make a significant difference to the lives of the children that we have placed in our care. Even though the walk is finished for this year, we will continue to "Go The Extra Mile" to do what we can to change the world of as many children as we can who are living far below the poverty line.
HopeBuilders would be grateful for your continued support of any of the projects on an ongoing basis and we invite you to consider joining us on a trip to visit the work that is being in Uganda. We have teams that visit regularly throughout the year. For more information please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have all the photos available for you to access on our website ASAP.
Let's Do it Again in 2017
We look forward to seeing you all again next year (proposed date 6th May 2017). Wwe thank you ALL once again for your continued support of GoTheExtraMile. We hope you will tell others about us and maybe bring them along for the next walk in the park!