A MADDINGTON family will take part in the Big Walk for the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Foundation around Burswood Park on November 16 for the 13th time.
The In Memory of Natasha team, Phyllis and Daniel Soklich, son Chris and family and friends, fundraise for the Foundation to support PMH’s oncology ward each year.
The Soklich’s daughter Natasha Pearce died of cervical cancer in 2003, when she was 30-years-old.
It is thanks to her that In Memory of Natasha has now raised thousands of dollars to support children with cancer.
‘Natasha was a Physical Education teacher, so she was always full of beans and encouraging people to get involved in events,’ Ms Soklich said.
‘Taking part in the Big Walk for the first few years was Natasha’s idea, so she’d be really pleased and proud that we’re still doing it.
‘It’s a social event for us now ” it’s not a competitive event, so it’s just a friendly and relaxed atmosphere as you stroll around the river and enjoy a barbecue afterwards.
‘We have a number of wonderful supporters, including the Thornlie Bowling Club.’
Organisers hope this year’s event will break last year’s record of $255,000, raised by 3400 participants.
For more information, or to register, visit www.bigwalk.