A Stroll Up Australia
This is the home of A Stroll up Australia,
a one-man fundraising walk from the lowest point in Australia
(the bottom of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel) to the highest point in
Australia (the top of Mount Kosciusko), a distance of over 560km
(350 miles) and a vertical height of 2255 metres (7398 feet).
It will begin at 5am on June 19th, 2000 and
culminate at the summit of Mt Kosciusko three weeks later.
Mark Virtue (right) is walking to raise money for Sydney's
homeless via Mission Australia
(the Sydney City Mission).
|This site has been created to
promote this walk to the general public, in the hope that more
sponsorship monies may be raised. If you would like to
contribute with a donation or with sponsorship, please visit the
Sponsor Mark page.
Please, SPONSOR MARK!
No amount is too small, donations are tax-deductible and can even be
accepted from overseas sponsors, and all donations are going to a
worthy cause - the homeless.
(last update Thursday, 17 August 2000)
Well, I've been home for a couple of weeks now,
and I guess you could say I'm no longer homeless. I've
moved into a house in Willoughby (a Sydney suburb) with a couple
of friends. It's great to be no longer living in my van.
If only the real homeless had such a choice.
If anyone still wants to contribute to the
homeless, I am still accepting pledges on my
Sponsor Mark page.
I received pledges for nearly $8,000 over the
last few weeks. I'm still waiting on about $2,000 to come in
before I can send the money off to Mission Australia, so if
you're one of those people, please send your money off very
guestbook there's a message from a fellow called John
Henzell, who is doing a similar kind of thing to me, only much
harder. He's walked from sea level to the top of the the
highest mountains in Europe, South America and New Zealand, and
is tackling Australia (Kosciusko) this September. I
proposed that I join him on his final day to the summit, thereby
finishing my own trek and seeing the completion of two epic
journeys in one day. John writes very engagingly - check out his
Sea to Summit
web page. If we do indeed do that together, I'll put
an update about it here.
I have added a couple of photos to my
collection. These were taken by the Sydney Morning
Herald photographer at the top of Mount Crackenback.
For all those people who have wondered about the
"emotional turmoil" that I referred to on the walk (and that
made me return to Sydney as fast as possible on Sunday evening)
was indeed a matter of the heart. Thankfully, it's all resolved
now, and my emotional roller coaster ride is over (for the
I'm still planning to write a sort of
epilogue/summary to this web site, but I haven't gotten around
to it yet. Maybe I never will.
That's all for now,
P.S. As usual, all the updates that I wrote while I was
walking can be found on the progress page.
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All monies collected on this walk will be donated to Mission Australia
to care for the homeless. To learn more about their work, visit www.mission.com.au
more people that know about this walk, the more successful it will be.