Walking 4 Health & Helen: Over 50 Tassie walks in under 50 days

By Brian Stace Join Me

Why Brian Stace is doing it for cancer!

Most adults know several who have been affected by cancer, or have themselves been affected by it. 

Helen, my wife of over 50 years, died in June 2023 of ovarian cancer. She loved  bushwalking and continued walking through her treatment (over 3 years). Walking post-diagnosis gave her an enjoyable quality of life in the face of a terminal diagnosis. I am confident that her relative fitness extended that quality of life even during the palliative care stage, and probably extended her life. I have also recently been treated for cancer on a vocal cord.

I  created this personal challenge (I am 77) of completing over 50 walks in under 50 days (including travel, rest and restock) in Helen’s memory. Almost all the walks are ones she has done and are among her favourites. She did 35 of them (several more than once) after her treatment started.

The objectives of this project are:

1.             To raise money for cancer, primarily for the Cancer Council Tasmania but it will contribute 15% of the funds raised to Ovarian Cancer Australia.

2.             To raise awareness of the:

·        health benefits of exercise and general fitness for a wide range of current chronic or significant health conditions whether physical or mental with an emphasis on cancer, and

·        mental/emotional health benefits of being in nature.

3.     To promote walking as an enjoyable, affordable and accessible health giving activity in which most people can readily participate.

Join the project’s Facebook group ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/753443253288814 ) or search Facebook for “Walking 4 Health & Helen”) for more information about the project and daily updates. A copy of the walks’ schedule is available in the “featured” section of that page. You can also find info on how I selected the walks and count walks and days and on Helen & my backstory in those “featured” posts.

At the end of the 50 days I had completed 67 walks, well exceeding my target. This website remains open for further donations.

To donate, if you are using a computer use the panel to the right, if using a phone, click the "Donate" button under my name (don't click the "join me" button that is under the "donate' button). When donating, why not add your own short message? - especially if there is someone you want to remember by your donation. Scroll to the bottom to see all my  wonderful donors - there are now so many and I am "on the track" so I do not have time to provide personal thanks to you all, so thank you all very much.

A special thank you to my major corporate sponsors for your support for this project:

Viridian Advisory (https://viridianadvisory.com.au/ ) is an independent national financial advice firm with its Tasmanian office in Burnie. It operates its own charitable organisation the Viridian Foundation (https://viridianfoundation.org.au/). Helen and I are long term clients. Viridian’s Tasmanian office has run a Bunnings sausage sizzle as a fundraiser for this project and has promoted the project to all its Tasmanian clients and employees as worthy of donations from them. The Viridian Foundation has contributed $700. The total so raised and contributed (as at 26/4/24) is $2,242.

Shree Dental and Implant Center (Devonport)  (https://www.shreefamilydentalcare.com.au/ ) has been the very supportive dental practice for both of us since its inception. They have  donated $2,000 and will promote the project to staff and patients for further donations. Thank you very much Sanjay and Mina.

Health Care Insurance Ltd (https://www.hciltd.com.au/ ) is a Burnie headquartered Australian not-for-profit health insurance fund of which I was a director from 1994-2005. HCI has donated  $1,500  and is promoting the project to its members. 

Suncamper MotorHomes (https://suncampermotorhomes.com.au/  ) manufactured our motorhome which will be used for all the project’s travel. Helen and I had about 10 years exploring Australia (including remote areas) often using it as a base for day walks. Once covid and cancer combined it became even more important enabling us to still get out camping and walking in Tassie, while still totally self-isolating. It brought joy (and enabled exercise) to our lives in our darkest time. In addition to donating $1,000, Suncamper is promoting the project among its customers, past, present and future, staff and associates within the industry. 


Rae & Partners (https://raepartners.com.au/ ) are a major Tasmanian law firm with an office in Devonport. Their Devonport office originated from the law firm of which (many years ago) I was senior and managing partner and in which Helen worked part time as my secretary for 15 years. Management and staff have donated $520.    

Please sponsor me to support cancer research and provide vital services for Australians living with cancer.

Brian Stace

My Updates

Objective Achieved

Tuesday 30th Apr
My last walks were on Saturday 27th April, day 49. I completed 67 walks by then, having completed 56 of my originally scheduled  58 walks plus another 11 additional ones. Many thanks to those who walked with me or otherwise supported me.
Details of all walks can be found on my Facebook page - just search "Walking 4 Health & Helen" in Facebook.
As at 30th April, total donationed to this website is almost $40,000 - the result of many generous donors. Thank you all. 15% of that will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia. 
This website will be left open for future donations.

Benefits of exercise in depression and emotional wellbeing

Thursday 14th Mar
For a summanry of a recent study into the benefits of exercise (including walking) in the treatment of depression see an ABC report on  https://www.abc.net.au/.../best-forms-of.../103577766. For my post on that, including its benefits on my emotional wellbeing see my Facebook post "The Many Benefits of Exercise" lodged 14th March on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/753443253288814 .

Effect of exercise (or lack of it)

Saturday 17th Feb
On Friday 16th February the Cancer Council Victoria released a major report identifying that physical inactivity had a much greater impact on the chances of getting many more cancers that previously thought. Use this link:  New research shows more than three times as many cancers are attributable to physical inactivity than previously estimated - Cancer Council Victoria (cancervic.org.au) 

Thank you to my Supporters

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Brian Stace

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Claire & Dan

We are so proud to support you Brian in raising much needed funds for such a worthy cause. Helen will be always cherished and remembered. Enjoy the walks!

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Anonymous

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Brian Stace

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Arny Stonkus

Good luck with your wonderful endeavor.

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Brian Stace

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Hci

A great initiative Brian - good luck!

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Susan Stace

Go dad!

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Dale

For Helen who resurrected me, one stitch at a time.

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Suncamper Motorhomes

Go get them Brian! Suncamper Motorhomes are proud to support you on your expedition goal as we believe in you!

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Cash Donations

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Nik Stace

I wish I could be there to walk with you. As I can’t - I’m donating what I earned from my umpiring pre season games.

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Laura Parr

Wonderful story in The Advocate, as forwarded to me by GA Brown. Hope my daughter’s contribution helps a bit. On a personal note, your comments at Bev’s celebration about GABrown being very supportive were well appreciated.

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Rae & Partners Devonport

Rae & Partners is proud to support Brian in this worthy cause and fabulous tribute to his beloved Helen. Thanks for all that you have done for us Brian!

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Jean Hawkins Dearly Missed

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Mig And Graham

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Bob Stace

Brian Do it for Helen and do it for Pam. Sorry I cant be there to walk some of the way with you. Bob

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Solutions & Outcomes

Goodluck Brian

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Henry N S S

All the best Brian! What an awesome effort.

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Belinda Cochrane

Inspired by your efforts & in memory of Helen, whom I knew as Sooz' Mum

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Brian Stace

my final $ for $ matching of individual donations

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Alan Keeley

$420

Di Bourne

Thanks to my friends who gave towards this donation. GO Bro! I look forward to walking with you for this special project.

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Arny Stonkus

In memory of Helen.

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Nathan Brown

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

‘Ears to you

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Sup-ply

Fantastic effort Brian for a very worthy cause. From Steve & Helen Bruce & the team at SUP-PLY Devonport.

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Eraine & Tony Johnston

Best wishes with the remainer of your inspirational walk program Brian. Helen would be so proud of what you are achieving here. Walk on!

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Clem & Margaret Dickinson

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Michael And Grainne Hendrey

In solidarity. Glad to be part of your undertaking.

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Jenni Davidson

Inspirational! Enjoy the walks

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Rob Hyland

Best wishes to you and all walkers, we enjoy your beautiful photos Regards Rob and Jenny

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Anonymous

Pleased to share the journey with you mate.

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Daniel Finucci

Best Wishes!

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Cheryl

Amazing effort.

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Ingrid Kuster

Good luck Brian. I hope you raise your funds. I hope Helen recovers from her cancer.

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Jane W

Special memories of Helen, and admiration to you Brian for your fund-raising journey in her honour.

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Sha Kumaresan

What an inspiration and such a wonderful way to honor your wife by raising funds for such a great cause ♥️

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Anonymous

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Tammy

Good luck! Your generosity, in so many ways, is heart-warming!

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Michael Duffett

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Anna Holdgate

You are inspirational!

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Jani Kilmurray

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Maureen And Graham

Good luck with the walking but don't think you will need it!

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Beverley Adorian

I know how much Helen and you both enjoyed your walks Brian. It is a wonderful thing you are doing. Both Stephan and I support you.

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Tony And Margaret Sobolewski

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Beryl J C

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Kenneth &sandy Michell

Go Brian

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Anonymous

In memory of a lovely lady

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Brian Stace

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Brian & Judy Frappell

Thinking of Helen

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Tyrepower Devonport

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Kurtmoles@hotmail.com Moles

Well done Brian. Glad to be part of your walks

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Anonymous

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Brenda Hefferon

Well done Brian for your Comment to this cause.

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Dimity And Leigh

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Emma Hazelwood

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Fransien Otten

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Kenneth Brown

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Jane Foote

You are an inspiration to people Brian

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Georgie And Hutch

Congratulations on your personal achievement, Brian and on the tremendous success of your fundraiser.

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Noulton Family

The way you’ve channeled your grief to to something so positive is inspiring, Brian. A beautiful way to honour and beautiful lady.

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David Berechree

Enjoy the walks

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Anonymous

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Helen Bruce

So inspiring Brian. All the best!

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Carol Moss

Congratulations on such a worthwhile project, Brian.

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Grant Atkins

All the best Brian with this appeal, very worthy cause.

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Suzanne And Andrew Woolstencroft

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Dunnings

Cheering you on!

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Peter Stubbs

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Susan Ikin

Suc a good cause.

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Ian Harding

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Una Nic Ionmhain

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Rosie Stevens

Great work & for such a good cause.

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Angelo Abeywickrema

Good luck, Brian!

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Bob Foulkes

Well done Brian.

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Yasmin Ashraff

Amazing effort!

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Meredith England

All the best Brian! Just saw your van at Cradle Mountain. What a lovely tribute to your dear wife and a help to others.

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Allison Ulph

Dear Brian, thinking of you , as you do this for Helen and many others. Xx Allison and Lawrie.

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Physiotas

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Dervla And Jin

Good luck on your journey!

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Bronwen Dickinson

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Joanne Austin

Best wishes Brian from a fellow bushwalker who also believes that fitness is a key to good health.. what a champion you are.

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Anonymous

In memory of Sue

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Glen & Jan Hayhurst

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Anonymous

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Louise Braddock

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Brendan Ashman

Meet you at Mt Nelson was inspired by your efforts good luck

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Georgie Palmer

Thinking of you Brian, well done.

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Jill Bannon

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Marylin Jacques

I am a member of MMM Walking Group

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Bruce Reardon

All the best for the walks Brian.

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Anonymous

From someone who's supporting a loved one with ovarian cancer currently, thank you for doing this.

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Michelle Williams

You are amazing- what a beautiful thing to do for your wife. Well done and thank you!!!

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Ross Harding

Great effort Brian. A wonderful tribute to Helen. Best wishes Ross and Laura

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Lorgen Scott

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Tom Wootton

Amazing effort Brian!

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Kerry Forrest

Well done Brian!

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Mary&peter

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Alison Darbyshire

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Katarina Huett

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Anonymous

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Marg Atkins

Wonderful memories of walking with Helen and MMMs

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Christine Dennis

Well done Brian!

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Bev & Suren Naiker

Well done Brian! 💚

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Robin Sullivan

I so admire you for carrying out this project with such determination in memory of Helen. May the walking make you even stronger every day!

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Felicity Sly

I’ve loved your walk posts ❤️

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Lai Heng Foong

Great effort! Thank you.

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Sonya Philip

Congratulations Brian - a fabulous, worthy effort.

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Tracy Edmonds

A walking love story,

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Geoffrey Brown

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Angela Graham

For Helen

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Anonymous

This Coromandel descendant of F Stachelroth thanks you for your information and wishes you well Brian.

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Leonie Brown

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Judith Dawkins

I am lucky to have a clean bill of health 5 years post cancer treatment and would like to support this worthy cause.

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Judy And Ray Harding

In fond memory of Helen .

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Anonymous

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Joyce

I remember Mrs Stace fondly, when I came to visit with Susan.

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Colin Bell

Good Luck Brian

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Louise Nott

Impressive effort Brian! For an incredible lady and very worthy cause! Congratulations!

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Anonymous

What a wonderful idea! Wishing you all the success!

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Cate Sendall

You’re very inspirational Brian and what a lovely tribute to Helen .

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Esther Papas

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Jennifer Tudehope

In honour of Helen. And Brian too - what a great way of celebrating the love of walking in our beautiful state that you had together, as well as raising funds for cancer care, Jenny

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Ros & Leigh Duffett

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Karen Brook

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Alison Chandler

What an amazing way to help others and remember a beautiful and inspirational lady. Go Brian!

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Janne Lucas

Well done Brian Helen would be very proud, take care of yourself

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John And Lesley Proctor

Supporting your effort Brian, All the best

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Anonymous

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Claire And Jason Dykstra

You are amazing Brian! Very inspiring to see your drive, dedication and energy to honour Helen’s memory and create awareness! Well done!

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Peter

Best wishes with it all Brian, from Peter and Deb.

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Elizabeth Richards

I would love to join you when you do the walk around the Don River area.

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Anonymous

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Sue Boyes

$50

Tj Oliver

$50

Tingting Cao

A small contribution makes life difference

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Shona Arnold

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Belinda Donovan

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Anonymous

great project and commitment Brian

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Cash Donation Recieved

$26.38

Andrew Grimsdale

Thoughts and prayers are with you on your journey. Thank you

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Anonymous

Well done Brian.Age and activity a bonus.

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Lizzy Walton

So impressed & inspired by you & your family!

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Steve Brumby

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Sue Lee

What an inspiring story. Look forward to following your blog.

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Louise

What a beautiful tribute to your wife. All the best, Brian.

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Mary Shepherd

Congratulations on your achievement, Brian. Here is a belated donation towards your fund.

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Anonymous

MMM Walker

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Allen & Maria Homan

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Lisa Polden

Well done Brian, my dad is one of those people you are walking for - taken too soon because of this disease.

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Alex Mackey

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Kate Robertson

Best wishes for the walks. Beautiful way to remember Helen.

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John Winter

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Lynda Somers

What a fantastic thing to do Brian. Very meaningful in Helen's memory. Good luck with the walking!

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Denise

Thank you Brian Thinking of you on your Quest Stay safe x x

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Eric Hughes

Well done to your outstanding achievement Brian

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Davina Mather

So impressive what you’re doing.

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Gillian Southwell

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Ally & Matt Skeer

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Saffron Brown

Thank you Brian. My Mum died from Ovarian Cancer in 2018. She too loved to walk and was committed to walking her beloved dogs until her final weeks of life.

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John Counsell

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Anonymous

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Hannah Gray

$21.10

Ruth Parsons

$20

Cash Donation Recieved

$20

Brian Stace

cash donated by V a cancer survivor.

$20

Jacqui Surtees

$20

Helen Stace

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Anonymous

Best wishes and thanks.

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Kurt Moles

Cash Donation from a bloke i meet in camp kitchen at Lake StClair

$10

Brian Stace

cash given to me by a caravan park neighbour who saw my van