Sir James Mitchell Park was the beautiful setting for our first Put Your Foot Down Walk in Perth on 6 April 2014. The weather was perfect and we had a record attendance on the day, with 481 people registering to take part. This resulted in a staggering total of over $60,000 being raised, smashing the previous record of $45,000 from our first Sydney walk in 2009. In the run-up to the walk, Woolworths stores around the state had run sausage sizzles and collected donations for Pancreatic Cancer. A cheque for $25,000 was presented to Caroline Kelly after the walk and was included in the final total.
The park’s paths turned purple as the walkers made their way around the route enjoying the amazing views of the city across the river on a perfect Perth morning. On their return there were 450 sausages sizzling on the BBQ for the walkers, ably cooked by the team from Woolworths.
There are many people to thank, but we must start with Len de Nooyer and Anthea Halliday whose initial commitment to the walk helped make it a reality. Len and the extended de Nooyer clan helped with transporting equipment, running our registration and merchandise stalls as well as marshalling the route and photography. We could not have done it with you all, thank you!
We are also indebted to the Woolworths team for the outstanding support that they gave the walk. Not only did they man the BBQ all morning, they provided much of the equipment needed to run the event and donated supplies for the refreshment stall and sausage sizzle. There were many Woolworths teams taking part in the walk, but we also thank and acknowledge the huge effort of stores across the state to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer.
In particular we would like to thank Brendon Lott and David Mann who managed the Woolworths team effort and for their sublime ability to forecast numbers! Thanks also to Braden MacKenzie at the Victoria Park store who co-ordinated the delivery of products and equipment as well as cooking-up-a –storm on the BBQ!
We must also thank our other corporate sponsors, Coca-Cola Amatil, Mr Beak’s, Tip Top, Wellcom and Red Jelly who all provided products and services. Prize winners at the walk were awarded an array of haircare products from MUK haircare. They were as follows:
- Highest Team Fundraiser – Walk for Ryan, $5, 765.00
- Second highest Team Fundraiser – Jenny Tascone Walk, $3,350.00
- Most Creatively Dressed – Woolworths Armadale store team.
- Most Creatively Dressed Child – we couldn’t decide so gave a prize to all the children attending!
Thank you to everyone who took part in the walk. Although it was a tremendous success we are mindful that the Tascone family lost Jenny on the morning of the walk and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.