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Carol’s long and heartfelt walk

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Walking the coastline of New South Wales is not something that many people aspire to unless they are Carol White.

Four years ago Carol was given an unexpected impetus to do just that when her son Craig was diagnosed with a heart condition and fitted with a stent.

Carol saw an opportunity to raise funds for a cause close to her own heart and on 1 March she set out from the Victorian border with the Queensland border in her sights.

Raising in excess of $10,000 for the Heart Foundation and also raising awareness of heart disease in young adults, Carol walked 1,126.5km and her husband drove just over 8,000km in the support vehicle.

‘Heart problems often emerge in your forties and fifties,’ says Carol. ‘But in fact they can start in your twenties and even in teens.’

All four of Carol’s sons have heart-related issues, as did her parents.

Heart disease runs in her non-smoking, fit, active, sports-oriented family.

Several friends and family members joined Carol and walked a beach or two with her.

Carol says she met many lovely people while she was walking, some of whom even hosted fundraisers at their local clubs while she was in their town.

She says she walked an average of 16 kilometres a day, sometimes in the pouring rain and wind.

She says that she was enthralled by the beauty of the coast and never tired of her journey.

‘As long as I had access to the beach I walked. I haven’t seen a lot of the rest of the country’s coastline, but I tell you what – it would take a lot to beat our beautiful beaches.’

For more information about the walk visit: www.walkforyounghearts.org.


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