A TRIP to Sydney to participate in Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek was a chance for Michael Rogers to reconnect with his daughter and raise funds for charity.
The Mt Lawley resident and his team of Sydney based trekkers Aparajita Bijapukar, Monika Uchanski and his daughter Annabel Rogers were four of 3700 that walked the 60km from Manly beach to Bondi beach, or 30km from Kirribilli to Bondi Beach on March 17.
His team were at one stage the top fundraising group, but were “pipped” at the last minute and came third.
Money raised goes to The Fred Hollows Foundation, which helps restore eyesight and prevent avoidable blindness by training eye doctors to provide eye health awareness, screening and treatment.
Mr Rogers said the girls trained together before he went over.
“I am reasonably active, I ride the pushbike, swim and walk but for this I built up to a 25km walk in preparation,” he said.
“I went up to Kings Park and did Jacobs ladder because Sydney is hilly.”
He said he was keen to do the event again.
“It could help save someone going blind or someone could have a blind daughter or relative and they cannot work or need someone to take care of them,” he said.
Wild Women on Top Coastrek Founder and chief executive Di Westaway said the fundraiser was a way for women to come together for their own health and wellbeing, while also changing the lives of others.
“Coastrek has an even greater impact on the millions of women and girls who make up two-thirds of the world’s blind,” she said.