500km walk to raise money for burns unit

10647570_10152653875697432_1160546116_n Locals will embark on a 500km walk to Perth next month to raise money for the Burn’s Unit of the Children’s Hospital in Perth.

The event has been dubbed the 'Firey's 500 Charity Walk', and a statement on their Facebook page said that the Burn’s Unit needs no ready explanation to its purpose.

"The Volunteer Emergency Services Hardship Fund is to assist the imitate families of Volunteers from the four Emergency Services within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services when a life is lost in the line of duty," The Facebook page said.

"We the Brigade, are a group of motivated volunteers who provide an important service to the local community.

"We are now seeking sponsorship from anyone interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity, by either sponsoring a walker for a set amount per kilometre covered, or a direct donation. Bank Details will can be given upon request."

Many will embark on the enduring journey and one of those people will be Geraldton teenager Laura McKeating.

"Being a volunteer firefighter, this is a fundraiser that is very close to my heart," she said

The 19-year-old said she is nervous about the journey ahead of her but is urging the community to back the great cause.

"Yes I'm very nervous, especially as it gets closer because you never really realise how far it is until you start walking," she said.

"Please donate, a little bit goes a long way."


The walk will commence on 6th of September 2014 from the Geraldton Volunteer Fire & Rescue Station in Webberton and finish in Perth on 16/17th of September 2014 at the Fire Service Museum on Murray Street.

You can head to the Facebook page and donate by clicking here.