Walking the walk

Walk this way... Cheryl-Lynn Magro, Merissa Tremeer and Kris Black, from The Parents Place, with Michelle McHarg, daughter Bella (2) and Rachel Shadrake, from Therapy Focus.
Walk this way... Cheryl-Lynn Magro, Merissa Tremeer and Kris Black, from The Parents Place, with Michelle McHarg, daughter Bella (2) and Rachel Shadrake, from Therapy Focus.

The community is encouraged to get healthy and active during by taking part in a walk with an established walking group or trying a special walk event.

Throughout the month, local clubs, groups and agencies are hosting walks in Mandurah, South Yunderup, Pinjarra, Dwellingup, Waroona and Jarrahdale. Most walks are free, and are suitable for walkers of all fitness levels and ages.

The special walks include bushwalks, cultural and heritage walks, wildflower and birdlife walks, night stalks, walking with dogs, and fundraising walks.

This week, the Parent’s Place on Ormsby Terrace re-launched its Walk ‘n’ Talk walking group for parents with babies and young children, run by the City and Heart Foundation on Tuesdays.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Bella McHarg visits Rachel Shadrake, from Therapy Focus, based at the Parent’s Place, on a regular basis. Bella was born with a heart condition that affects her arteries and she’s already had three open heart surgeries in her short life.

Walking is an accessible and low cost way to be active.

For details on Walk ‘n’ Talk, call 9550 3626 or email alison.rowley@mandurah.wa.gov.au.

Walk Over October is co-ordinated by South Metropolitan Public Health Unit and supported by a grant from the City of Mandurah.

The City will host special walk events during the month, including the Mandurah Night Stalks on October 4 and 19 with the eco services team and the For Better Health Community Walk and Morning Tea on October 22.

For a full list of the walks during Walk Over October, go to www.visitmandurah.com.au.