Bill walks 30 hours for charity

A MULLUMBIMBY accountant has walked 30 hours non-stop for charity on a gruelling track that claimed the life of a walker only two-weeks earlier.
Bill Nicholls and partner Susan Wright’s four-person ‘Lots of Legs’ team walked the 96km Kokoda Challenge Queensland course earlier this month to raise nearly $6000 – the sixth highest fundraiser.
“The mud was so thick at times it felt like bricks under our boots,” Bill said who has walked nearly 700km during the last six months of training.
“The longest climb was 3.5km and the rotten new section where a fellow walker passed away two weeks before, was very unexpected and incredibly tough.”
A total of 350 teams raised nearly $809,000 for the annual event, which not only honours the Kokoda legacy, but also supports local teenagers and their families through the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program.
“Around the 60km mark, everything started to hurt but all that seemed to disappear once we hit the finish line,” Bill said.
and we couldn’t have done it without our support crew, Paul and Janeane Thomas.”
While walkers have described the “fantastic atmosphere and feeling of satisfaction”, Bill does have a piece of advice for those thinking of participating in next year’s challenge. “Get up on the track and train – no beach or lighthouse walk can prepare you for the gruelling conditions,” he said.

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