ASBESTOS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA WALK FOR RESEARCH AND AWARENESS 2015
Lynette and Maria between the Stirling Ranges and Gnowangerup
Start of the ADSA Walk 2015 - Albany
Please read on for the daily log.
Monday 14 September 2014
Having started the ADSA Walk 2015 on Sunday with a Walk Around Town in Albany the ADSA Walkers on a wet Monday morning began the long walk to Perth from Bakers Junction, on the Chester Pass Road. Conditions were very challenging as each team of ADSA Walkers completed their 5km or 10km section passing through the Chester Pass and stopping at the Bluff Knoll Café for lunch. Burgers fresh off the BBQ and hot drinks revived everyone with a warm fire in the Café to dry us off.
The ADSA Walkers at Bluff Knoll Café
Thank you to Jacqui and all the staff at the Bluff Knoll Café for making us so welcome.
The sun came out for the afternoon stretch from Bluff Knoll Café to Gnowangerup. A few Walkers took advantage of the opportunity to snap some photos of the wild flowers that proliferated along the edge of the road and a quick photo in front of the Stirling Ranges. Once we arrived in Gnowangerup everyone was in great spirits and ready for a fun night at Kobeelya House in Katanning.
Bev and Lyn with wildflowers and the Stirling Ranges in the background
Tuesday 15 September 2015
On Tuesday after a chilly but sunny morning the ADSA Walkers started from Gnowangerup walking through open farm country on the Great Southern Highway. Lunch was in Broomehill at the picturesque Holland Memorial Park where everyone enjoyed excellent coffee from the local Café. The day ended in the community of Woodanilling a hidden gem just off the Great Southern Highway. Thank you the Woodanilling Shire staff for their warm welcome and support for the ADSA Walk 2015.
The ADSA Walkers shaking the tin in Woodanilling
Our youngest supporters in Katanning
Wednesday 16 September 2015
Wednesday morning started back at Woodanilling with everyone feeling fine after a wonderful stay at the historic old Kobeelya manor house. There were several ghost stories floating about, but fortunately if there was a presence everyone slept so well that the ghosts could have held a dance party and we wouldn't have heard a thing.
The Great Southern Highway was a delight for our Walkers and on arrival in Wagin everyone piled into Cresswell's Emporium for cake, coffee, and awesome gifts and souvenirs. Cresswell's is a classic old style general store with the hospitality to match.
Rose Marie and Lee at Cresswell's Emporium
The ADSA Walkers with supporters from Wagin at the Giant Ram
Lunch was waiting for us just around the corner at the Giant Ram Park. The Giant Ram is a fantastic landmark and was an excellent rest stop for our Walkers. Rose Marie had a surprise visit from a local family she had assisted that came down to the Giant Ram Park to join us for lunch and to thank her for all her help at a very difficult time.
The afternoon found us winding our way through Narrogin to end the day in Cuballing. We then spent a chilly night at the Lions Dryandra Woodlands Village in the centre of the unique Dryandra Woodlands.
Thursday 17 September 2015
Thursday started frosty but fresh with the ADSA Walkers excited to be completing the road walking in Brookton at the end of the Great Southern Highway. Everyone was in a playful relaxed mood making for some great photos in Popanyinning, Pingelly, and Brookton.
Thursday night was spent at the Serpentine Retreat which borders on Serpentine National Park. A place for reflection and healing the ADSA Walkers enjoyed their stay immensely taking time to sit around the outdoor fire and share their thoughts with each other.
Kerry, Steve, and Billy enjoying a well-earned break in Pingelly
Jo checking out a new ride in Pingelly
Daniel and Cleo 'Wandering' which way to go
Michelle and Shirley having a laugh at the Pingelly Pub
Kerry our Coach Driver re-living the good old days in Pingelly
End of the road everyone at the old Brookton Train Station
Friday 18 September 2015
The last day of the ADSA Walk 2015 started at the Armadale Train Station with everyone taking the train into the Perth Train Station where they were met by Prof Anna Nowak, Prof Bruce Robinson, their medical research teams, ADSA supporters, family and friends, for the walk up to Parliament House.
Everyone at the Perth Train Station ready for the walk up to Parliament House
Murray Street Mall
Group photo at Solidarity Park
Lee sounding the siren and officially ending the ADSA Walk 2015
Thank you to:
Prof Anna Nowak, Prof Bruce Robinson, and Robert Vojakovic AM, for their kind words
addressing the ADSA Walkers their families, friends, and supporters, at the winding up the
ADSA Walk 2015. Also a big thank you to Dr Greg Deleuil, the AWU, the CFMEU, Slater &
Gordon, the Research Team from QEII and NCARD, ADSA Staff, friends, family, supporters,
and of course the ADSA Walkers.
Thank you also to:
Garry our irreplaceable Pilot Driver.
Steve our Walker Coordinator.
Kerry our excellent driver and Adams Coachlines.
Randall and James of Randall's Roasts our fabulous cooks.
Osborne Park Pharmacy
Minuteman Osborne Park
Tony's House of Tender Meats
Mondello and Mondo Doro
Rotary Club of Albany Youth Camp
Lions Dryandra Woodlands Village
Contact Simone at the ADSA Office on 9344 4077 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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