FIGHTING TOGETHER: Inspired by husband Ian, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Christine Robins is making a mammoth fundraising trek around Australia.
FIGHTING TOGETHER: Inspired by husband Ian, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Christine Robins is making a mammoth fundraising trek around Australia. Ella Archibald-Binge

Duo’s trek of a lifetime

WHEN 62-year-old Christine Robins announced her plans to walk nearly 16,000km around Australia, some were sceptical - but then again, husband Ian was told he had 10 months to live, and that hasn't stopped him fighting prostate cancer for the past five years.

The Robins are a tough pair and they will need every ounce of resilience for the epic trek they have planned for 2015.

Joined by fellow locals, Jackie and Denis Bower, Sonia Tiller and daughter Eddie, Christine will embark on a walk around Australia to raise money for prostate and breast cancer research.

Husband Ian and a support team will ride along in a convoy of vehicles.

Decked out in blue and pink, Ian and Christine have been traipsing around The Summit every morning in preparation for the journey.

Christine plans to cover 42km a day on the 12-month trek, but says the physical aspect is nothing compared to the emotional challenges she and Ian have faced during the past few years.

"The only thing making me nervous is that his cancer will flare up again," she said.

"But that's not going to happen. He's just got to stay well, that's all there is to it."

Ian and Christine, who are busy fundraising to cover running costs for the support vehicles, are set to hold a garage sale at their property at The Summit on December 7.

They are calling for donations from the community and are happy to pick up goods from anywhere in the region.

 To donate items to next month's garage sale, phone 0416 169 032.

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