Coastrek team from the Sunshine Coast, Love at First Sight, (L-R) Robyn Pinel, Jenny Butler, Amber James and Robyn Pulman.
Coastrek team from the Sunshine Coast, Love at First Sight, (L-R) Robyn Pinel, Jenny Butler, Amber James and Robyn Pulman.

Trekkers for a cause hit coastal pathway

THE coastal path from Dicky Beach to Noosa will be packed today with more than 1600 people taking part in the first Sunshine Coast Coastrek which aims to raise $1.7m for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

The field of trekkers, 90% of whom are women, will work in teams of four to complete either the 60km hike from Dicky Beach to Noosa Woods or the 30km event from Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club.

It is the latest in a series of Coastreks first staged in Sydney in 2010 run by Wild Women on Top which have raised more than $18m for the foundation that restores sight to the blind in some of the world's poorest countries as well as providing education and training to doctors.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fred Hollows Foundation which has enjoyed enormous support from the Sunshine Coast with residents donating more than $600,000 in the last financial year.

Last Sunday, Sunshine Coast businessman Peter Shadforth donated $10,000 to a foundation project to eliminate tracoma in Australian remote indigenous communities, to honour the 100th birthday of his neighbour and friend Grace Goode of Alexandra Headland.

Australia remains the world's only developed country to still have trachoma.

Today's 60km trek will leave Dicky Beach at 6am crossing the Mooloolah River by ferry from La Balsa Park before working its way through Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and then over to the north shore following coastal walking paths wherever possible. The 30km trek will set off from Mudjimba at 8am.


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