LESS than a third of the way into their 415km journey, the Walk for the Hills team has raised more than $40,000 for cancer research.
The group of 15 St Joseph’s College students set off from Mildura on Tuesday and yesterday reached the South Australian border.
Participant Jake Cumming said everyone was in high spirits for the second day of the trek. It is expected the team will reach Adelaide’s bayside suburb of Glenelg atabout 4pm on Saturday.
“We’re all feeling pretty fresh, good, and right to keep going,” Jake said.
“It was been pretty cruisy throughout (Tuesday).
“There were not too many blisters amongst the group, which was lucky.”
The teens planned the walk in honour of Mildura pancreatic cancer sufferer Kerrie Hill, the mother of their friend Tim, who was among the walkers.
Jake estimated generous donations made on the road during the first day of the trip totalled $2000.
“We’ve had a lot of people pull over on the side of the road to donate, we had a couple from Queensland who stopped and had a chat, which was good, and gave us a few dollars,” he said.
“It all counts. It’s awesome support by everyone.”
The boys have been travelling with a support crew and are flanked by three vehicles on the road: one in front and two behind to ensure motorists don’t get too close.
Last year, nine boys cycled to Melbourne’s Cabrini Hospital in the Ride for the Hills.
Jake said this year’s journey was different, but the group was enjoying it.
“Yesterday, with the wind and dust, it was hard pushing into it,” he said.
“But after a bit of a slog we got into it and arrived at our marker (Lake Cullulleraine Caravan Park) by 7pm.
“You get a lot further on the bike … but we’ve been doing a fair bit of running as well as walking.”
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