Walking for a Cause: A Day of Volunteering at the Sunshine Coast Bloody Long Walk


Walking for a Cause: A Day of Volunteering at the Sunshine Coast Bloody Long Walk


The day started early at Trickle Park in Coolum, as volunteers gathered to support the Sunshine Coast Bloody Long Walk, raising awareness and funds for Mitochondrial Disease Research. Mitochondrial Disease is a rare genetic disorder that affects the body's ability to produce energy, often resulting in debilitating symptoms that impact multiple organ systems. The enthusiasm and dedication of the participants and volunteers alike were truly inspiring, united in their mission to make a difference in the fight against this challenging condition.


As the first wave of walkers set off, the air was filled with a sense of purpose and determination. It was heartwarming to see so many people come together for a common cause, fueled by their passion to create positive change. Amongst the volunteers, old friendships were rekindled and new connections were formed, creating a supportive and welcoming atmosphere at the start line.


After the initial wave of excitement, we decided to head to Maroochydore for a well-deserved breakfast at Murray's on Sixth, a local favorite known for its delicious food and friendly ambiance. The big breakfast, Canadian waffles, and pup Shari having a puppuccino with biscuits fueled us for the day ahead, while the vibrant buzz of the café and the warmth of the staff added to our morning experience. Murray's on Sixth truly embodies the essence of a local hangout, with regulars stopping by for their morning coffee and a chat, creating a sense of community and belonging.


Once refueled, our journey continued to Nelson Park in Alexandra Headlands, where we set up pit-stop 6, the final rest stop before the finish line. Our task was clear: to ensure that every walker who passed through felt supported, encouraged, and motivated to complete their journey with a smile. Armed with playful props, including animal heads, bubble blowers, and funny glasses, we brought laughter and joy to the weary participants, reminding them of the importance of perseverance and camaraderie.


Volunteering at the Sunshine Coast Bloody Long Walk was not only a rewarding experience in giving back to the community but also a valuable opportunity for personal growth and fulfillment. Studies have shown that volunteering can have a positive impact on mental health, fostering feelings of purpose, connection, and overall well-being. As we look forward to the upcoming walk in Brisbane in a couple of weeks, we carry with us the memories of a day filled with kindness, laughter, and the joy of coming together for a meaningful cause.

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