Can anyone think of a better way to spend a Saturday in autumn, than strolling through the vineyards of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, while raising funds for a charity supporting refugee children?
Nine ‘LLL StroLLLers’ stepped out for the great Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) Walk My Way fundraising challenge in May, walking 26km through the picturesque region, exploring Lutheran heritage and reflecting on the lives of our early German settlers.
Walkers eagerly gathered at Redeemer Lutheran School for a 7am registration and brekkie. At around 8am the walkers enthusiastically took off after a few words of encouragement from the LLL CEO, Ross Smith.
We all enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of Nuriootpa before refuelling at the 13km mark for lunch and refreshments (and those who wanted a glass of wine could do so if they chose – after all, we were in the Barossa!).
After traversing the rolling hills, we reached our finish line at St Jakobi Lutheran Campus, where the carnival atmosphere meant we all felt like celebrating our achievement and the great outcome we walked towards.
Here are a few fun facts from our day, where our team achieved some impressive statistics:
- We walked 36,000 steps each (roughly but who’s counting?)
- All walkers successfully completed the full 26kms goal (and had a blast doing so)
- We raised more than $4,000
Other events supporting ALWS were held nationally, including people walking on their own and in small groups.
Thanks to all those steps, sore muscles and blisters, more than 150 refugee children in East Africa will now be able to go to school… and that feels great!
Well done to all the organisers, volunteers (including our own) and participants for making this challenge such a great success.
The Barossa Valley was overcome by a hue of blue Walk My Way participant t-shirts in the May fundraising event. Photos: D.Modra, A. Dahlenburg, T. Hage
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