City of Rockingham staff member off on Bloody Long Walk

Karin Strachan.
Karin Strachan.

CITY of Rockingham media and communications manager Karin Strachan is about to embark on a Bloody Long Walk.

The active mother loves to challenge herself and said charity events gave her added incentive.

Mrs Strachan will join more than 1000 others on September 25 for a 35km walk from Sir James Mitchell Park to Cottesloe Beach.

Funds raised go towards the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation to help find a cure for the debilitating disease. Mitochondrial disease is a potentially fatal genetic disorder that robs the body’s cells of the energy they need to function properly.

The ability to walk, run or even just stand up unaided can be a daily struggle for people with mitochondrial disease, which has few treatments and no cure.

Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation chief executive Sean Murray said while many ‘Bloody Long Walkers’ have a family member or friend affected by mito, most are just local residents keen for an active outdoor challenge that also helps a good cause.

Mrs Strachan (pictured above) said she had done challenges, such as the Great Wall of China and a cycle from Albany to Perth.

“Training is a way of life for me,” she said. “I train six days a week and enjoy running.”