Inner Wheel walkers on a roll for research

Walkers head off around the gardens. 229429_11 Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Danielle Kutchel

The ladies from the Inner Wheel Club of Narre Warren were hot to trot last week, hosting a successful walkathon for cord blood research.

Around 43 walkers joined in on the fundraiser on Friday 26 February, called ‘Sean’s Two for Ten’.

Each participant walked two kilometres through Cranbourne’s Botanic Gardens and donated $10 to the cause.

In what vice president Linda Wallace described as a “fantastic” day, the group managed to raise $1250 for cord blood research.

The night before the walk, Ms Wallace said the club was “inundated” with registrations from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, where much of Victoria’s cord blood research is undertaken.

After the walk, the researchers gave Inner Wheel members an update on their current research progress – much of which is funded by grants given out by Inner Wheel Australia, thanks to events like the walkathon.

The group of walkers wore distinctive red shirts and hats, and their outfits drew attention from other park users – providing the perfect opportunity to explain the cause, Ms Wallace said.

“It was a top day all round, and we’re just excited it has gone so well,” she said.

“The added surprise of members of the Hudson Institute attending was fantastic.”

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