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What a day! Thanks to all our wonderful walkers for participating in Go the Extra Mile - our 50km endurance walk raising money for Uganda's disadvantaged children working with HopeBuilders International who operate a village of homes for disadvantaged children. What an amazing day yesterday was! Almost 160 walkers hit the track in the wet and truly showed the spirit of Going The Extra Mile! From the team here in Australia and from the children and youth in Uganda we say thanks!

The walk started on time (7am) just as the rain started to fall - but the day would see wind, rain, calm and then eventually warm sunshine - typical Melbourne weather. Before kicking off, organiser Johann Poppenbeck spoke to the walkers, explaining that the Ugandan team were in prayer for the Melbourne walkers (Ugandan time was around midnight). After a short prayer the walkers set off - into the wild, to go the extra mile.

The Top Ten

Our top ten finishers are as follows:

1st David Spencer - 4hrs 32mins
2nd Greg Newport - 5hrs 46mins
3rd Nicole Paganoni - 5hrs 49mins
4th Nathan Keyter - 5hrs 54mins
5th Matthew Donker - 7hrs 12mins
6th Glenn Bardwell - 7hrs 16mins
7th Elizabeth Eastwood - 7hrs 22mins
8th Marcus Brancea - 7hrs 41mins
9th Michelle Quan - 7hrs 45mins
10th David Chung - 7hrs 45mins


We also want to thank our incredible volunteers for their sacrifice on and before event day. They stand out in the cold and rain, often for many hours. We could not put on the event without our wonderful, much loved volleys.