Jordan Springs resident set to trek 60km to help restore sight

TREKKING FOR A CAUSE: Team Allsorts members Jen Grosvenor and James Kirkpatrick will tackle the 60km trek to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation on March 17.
TREKKING FOR A CAUSE: Team Allsorts members Jen Grosvenor and James Kirkpatrick will tackle the 60km trek to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation on March 17.

It’s no stroll in the park, but the prospect of trekking 60km along Sydney’s coastline doesn’t phase Jordan Springs resident Jen Grosvenor.

Ms Grosvenor is among 3,700 trekkers gearing up for one of Australia’s most popular fundraising adventure treks, the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek, on March 17.

She will tackle the 60km stretch from Manly to Bondi Beach to help Sydney Coastrek raise $2.8 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Ms Grosvenor’s team, Allsorts - made up “of people people of different ages and backgrounds” – was tasked with raising $2,000 for the trek, but had exceeded the goal by more than $1,300 almost a week out from the trek.

“I have done other bike riding challenges, 60km rides, … but also the cause itself is great,” Ms Grosvenor explained. “I used to donate and I know how much good work they do.”

The Allsorts team – which includes Breanna Johnson from Wallacia as well as Caterina Trocone and James Kirkpatrick – has been taking part in a strict fitness regime in the lead-up to the event.

The walk can take anything between 12 to 16 hours to complete, depending on weather conditions, Ms Grosvenor said.

“We’ve been training a lot. We started off walking 10km and then went to 15km and the last walk we did was 40km,” Ms Grosvenor said.

“We’ve walked in extreme heat and we’ve walked in wet weather. We’re not aiming for anything [time-wise], we are just aiming to finish.”

Ms Grosvenor’s employer, Preston Hire, has been extremely supportive of the team, providing team members with a day off and getting behind the fundraising efforts. The team is planning to run competitions with prizes for who can guess how many calories will be burned, how many steps taken and how long it will take them to complete.

“It’s a bit of fun to see who can get the closest,” Ms Grosvenor said.

This year’s fundraising goal of $2.8 million could give sight to up to 112,000 people, as The Foundation can restore sight for as little as $25 in some countries. Coastrek has raised more than $14 million for Foundation since 2010. To support Team Allsorts, go to sydney.coastrek.com.au and search “Allsorts”.