Christine Robins (left) was taken around the Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park at Ayr with owner Marilyn Hunt to raise funds one month into the Walk for Life 14-month journey around Australia.
Christine Robins (left) was taken around the Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park at Ayr with owner Marilyn Hunt to raise funds one month into the Walk for Life 14-month journey around Australia. Photo Contributed

Weary walkers welcomed

SOUTHERN Downs Walk for Life Around Australia walkers Ian and Christine Robins have been on the road for 39 days in their efforts to raise funds for cancer sufferers.

At last check the pair had walked a whopping 1422km in 32 days and was about 50km out of Townsville.

Since leaving the Stanthorpe Piazza on May 2, the walkers have raised more than $3000, bringing their grand total to more than $9000 for breast and prostate cancer.

"You get truckies coming along and having a chat and donate some money," Christine said.

"One lady at a caravan park in Ayr put us in her golf buggy, drove us to all of the sites around the park and we raised more than $200.

"People have been so friendly. As long as we can make a difference at the end of the day.

"It definitely feels like it's worthwhile at the moment because we're touching so many people's hearts.

"If we can talk to them and show we're trying to do something it has to make a big impact."

The walkers are starting to feel the strain on their bodies after walking 50km a day.

"The heat is killing us," Christine said.

"The humidity and the mosquitos are a bit of a problem."

Ian said his wife was experiencing some painful symptoms from pounding the pavement.

"Chrissy's lost three toe nails and there's another one on the way out," he said.

"There's a few blisters on the heels but they don't get a chance to heal because we just keep walking.

"She's still smiling though.

"One month down, 13 to go."

We will catch up with the Robins and their friends next month.

They should be deep into the Northern Territory by then and should have covered more than 3000 kilometres.

Stanthorpe Border Post

Funding boost to help residents upskill, work in region

Premium Content Funding boost to help residents upskill, work in region

‘We need our young people to feel like they have a future right here at home’.

Dad claims bag with meth pipe belonged to baby girl

Premium Content Dad claims bag with meth pipe belonged to baby girl

The Southern Downs man also told police his friend hid marijuana in his home while...

Inside Qld’s possible four-star quarantine camp

Premium Content Inside Qld’s possible four-star quarantine camp

Take a look inside a potential rural quarantine site