Same cause but pair tread different paths

Deborah De Williams and Harald Ulriksen, with Deborah's Border Collie Maggie, are raising funds for breast cancer research.
Deborah De Williams and Harald Ulriksen, with Deborah's Border Collie Maggie, are raising funds for breast cancer research.

They are treading separate paths, but for Deborah De Williams and Harald Ulriksen, the goal is the same - raising awareness of breast cancer and money for research.

Deborah is running around Australia with her border collie, Maggie, and Harald is walking from Adelaide to Brisbane. Incredibly and unplanned, the pair crossed paths at Byron Bay last Friday afternoon.

Greeting them in wet and cool conditions was facilitator of the Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support Group, Barb Pinter, who said she was deeply moved by their efforts.

Ms Pinter said it was amazing they had both journeyed so far unaware that the other existed.

“I honour both Deb's and Harald's journeys,” she said.

“They represent the one in eight diagnosed with breast cancer, the depth of the effect the disease has on loved ones and the strength which can be found when faced with the disease.

“I thank them for highlighting breast cancer which affects so many in our community, with 13,000 women and 100 men diagnosed every year in Australia.

“Of those, 2500 lose their lives to breast cancer every year.”

Deborah began her quest to create a record run around Australia in Hobart on October 25 last year and plans to complete the journey in October this year.

She aims to raise $300,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. If you want to contribute to her cause, go to

Harald, who started his journey in Adelaide on December 17, was expected to complete his journey earlier this week.

He decided to do the marathon trek pushing a pink stroller after his 38-year-old wife, Brony, died last year after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

During his long walk, Harald collected funds for the McGrath Foundation.

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