Making her Marks: Barbara to walk 60km for Fred Hollows Foundation

Barbara Marks, of Leederville, is preparing to trek 60km in Melbourne Coastrek to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Barbara Marks, of Leederville, is preparing to trek 60km in Melbourne Coastrek to raise funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

BARBARA Marks is stepping up her fundraising goals with a 60 kilometre trek on the Victorian coast.

The Leederville resident and her three friends Caroline Moran (from Mt Lawley), Tracey Shooter and Shona Enderby, will take part in the fourth annual Wild Women On Top Melbourne Coastrek.

The Friday May 25 trak stretches along the Mornington Peninsula for 30 kilometres from Koonya Beach, or for 60 kilometres from Cape Schanck, to the finish line at Point Nepean.

The Sunny Sandgropers team will help raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation, which restores sight for some of the world’s poorest people.

Ms Marks has already completed the Oxfam Trailwalker in Perth twice before.

“This one will be a challenge,” she said.

“We have been walking sections of the Cape to Cape to prepare and we will do 40km on Saturday.

“(The Coastrek) will be a physical challenge but also a mental challenge because we will be starting and finishing in the dark, we have to do it in 18 hours and we haven’t done the Mornington Peninsula before.”

She said the team will arrive in Melbourne the day before the trek and once completed, will spend an extra night to celebrate their achievements.

Foundation Founding Director Gabi Hollows said it was inspiring to see so many people participate in the trek.

“I am always moved and inspired to see people still going to such great lengths to continue Fred’s legacy of a world where no person is needlessly blind,” she said.

To donate, go to melbourne.coastrek.com.au.

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