Walk the ACT border!

The ACT region of the Conservation Council is offering a walk around the entire 306-kilometre border of the Australian Capital Territory!

A Beginning Saturday, 7 October, the walk will conclude three weeks later, on Saturday, 28 October. This is a fundraising event for the Council and the walk will be led by regional president Rod Griffiths.

If 306K sounds like a bit much, you may choose to walk only part of a day, a whole day or as many days as you would like. Or maybe you’d rather just donate to the cause and follow the blog: https://walktheborderact.wordpress.com/

Walk the border ACT: a watershed walk
https://conservationcouncil.org.au/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=85


Tiptoe through the tulips

Floriade 2017

More photos on the AussieWalk Facebook page

Floriade is on again in Canberra, and is celebrating its 30th birthday. This means that the Heart Foundation early bird walks are also on again, where you get the opportunity to complete a 45 minute walk around Floriade before the gates open to the general public. The walks are free, but a donation to the Heart Foundation is always appreciated – a collection tin is available at the walk.

Floriade early bird walks start at 8am each Monday-Saturday of Floriade, which runs from 16 September to 15 October 2017. There are no early bird walks on Sunday. Each walk is approximately 2.5km.  A number of AussieWalk and Walking For Pleasure members are assisting as volunteers to lead these walks, and we would love to see you there.

In particular, mark your calendars for these dates, when AussieWalk/Walking For Pleasure has a scheduled walk immediately following the earlybird walk:

Saturday 23rd Sep: complete the early bird walk then a lap of the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin.

Saturday 14th Oct: complete the early bird walk then a walk along Anzac Parade past the memorials, including two new memorials since we last walked here.

We meet near the crossing on Commonwealth Avenue – see the blue flower on the map below. Arrive 5-10min early to sign in, so you are ready to start the walk at 8am.


New AussieWalk Website Goes Live!

The AussieWalk website has had a major overhaul to make it easier to read on multiple platforms. We’ve also updated the site with all the information about the new national AussieWalk IVV organisation. We invite you to have a look around and let us know what you think. You can make comments below (first select the “leave a comment” link above to open the comment box), or on our AussieWalk Facebook page, or via email. You can also sign up to our news emails on our Contact page.

We expect there will be a few gremlins as we get accustomed to the new technology, so if you experience any problems with the new site please let us know.

Hooray!

Hooray!


A history of the world in 500 walks

Are you looking for a new travel destination in 2017? Do you enjoy history? Then A history of the world in 500 walks by Sarah Baxter might be the book for you.

This compilation is divided into six periods of time: Prehistory — the Ancient World — the Middle Ages — Towards the Modern World — 19th century — 20th century. There are walks that take minutes and walks that take months.

The work is indexed by country, by location and by walk name, making it easy to use.

Over 30 public libraries in Australia own this title, according to the National Library’s TROVE database.





C2DW makes donation to Heart Foundation ACT

Two women from Canberra Two Day Walk presenting a cheque to two Heart Foundations administrators.

Kathleen Berg, OAM, and Diana Marshall, C2DW president, present a cheque to Tony Stubbs, CEO, Heart Foundation ACT, and Diane Percy, Walking and HeartMoves coordinator.

C2DW president Diana Marshall and event co-founder Kathleen Berg, OAM, presented a $3,000 cheque to the Heart Foundation ACT at the Women with Heart awards ceremony on 31 August.

“On behalf of the Canberra Two Day walk committee and the Canberra Walking Festival, I would like to thank the Heart Foundation for all of your invaluable support over the last year,” Diana remarked. “In particular I wish to acknowledge the support provided by Diane Percy and the national Heart Foundation Walking team. Your support of our event has enabled us to keep our event costs down, which we can then pass on to our participants.”

The cheque represents donations from walkers with AussieWalk Heart Foundation Walking, participants at the Canberra Walking Festival, and from Canberra Two Day Walk Inc.



Thanks to all for our fantastic 25th walk!

Over 600 walkers from 17 countries and across Australia enjoyed perfect Canberra autumn weather during our weekend of walking. All participants who walked both days were awarded a commemorative silver medal. Ten walkers had participated in all 25 events and were awarded a special 25-year medal.

His Excellency Dr Obaid Alhairi Salem Alketbi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, and a large contingent of UAE Embassy staff took part in Sunday’s walk around Lake Burley Griffin. Walking groups from Taiwan, Japan, the Netherlands and Belgium attended the Festival as well as individuals from England, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, and the USA.

Earlier this year the Canberra Walking Festival was named by two international walking organisations as the first official walking event of the Cooperation Cup, with only a small number of events to be chosen worldwide each successive year. Bronze medals were presented to 10 walkers from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United States. The Cooperation Cup was jointly established by the IML Walking Association (IML) and the International Federation of Popular Sports (Internationaler Volkssportverband or IVV) to promote non-competitive walking. The Canberra Walking Festival has been an accredited IML event since 1977 and has been sanctioned by the IVV since 1999.

IML Vice-President, Dolores Grenier from the USA, enjoyed her first visit to Australia, together with the presidents of our event’s sister walks in Finland and Taiwan: Helene Kyroelaeinen and Cheng Chi (Bronze medalist in the 80M hurdles in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 1970).

Originally known as the Canberra Two Day Walk, the Canberra Walking Festival’s 25th international event featured our very first point-to-point walk along the Canberra Centenary Trail. There were also pre- and post-Festival walks to ensure visiting walkers saw the best of the nation’s capital city.

Next year’s Canberra Walking Festival will be held 31 March, 1-2 April 2017. Online registration will open later this year in October.