Gym sisters raise more than $10K

Left: Tracey Callaway, Mieka McMullen, Kylie Rushton and Kadie McDonald.

A team of four ladies from Tumut’s The Gym have raised $10,650 for Beyond Blue by walking the 60 kilometre Coastrek in Sydney last Friday.

Mieka McMullen, Kylie Rushton, Kadie McDonald and Tracey Callaway made the trek from La Perouse to Kirribilli.

It was the importance of women’s health in the local region, affected by factors including the bushfires and Covid-19, that inspired the ladies to get involved.

“We were passionate to raise money for mental health because we felt that it was an important issue particularly in country areas where support seems to be difficult to access. Mental Health affects all ages and can be a debilitating condition for so many affected by it,” Ms McMullen said.

The ladies, known as The Gym Sisters, made up one of 76 teams that started off from La Perouse at 6am that morning. The finished at 7.30pm, having walked for over 13 hours.

“It was brilliant,” Ms McMullen said.

“One of the themes was sticking together, and we walked together the whole way. We were pretty psyched up.”

The ladies are all pretty fit, but walking 60km isn’t easy for anyone, so it was good that they had plenty of moral support.

“At the 30-kilometre mark we stopped for lunch and we were a bit sore and sorry,” Ms McMullen said.

“Tracey’s daughter supported us all the way. Jess Sturt (from The Gym), my daughter and Tracey’s daughter in law turned up at the 50km mark, and this was very inspirational. We had lots of videos cheering us along the way; the support was amazing; it was so inspirational; just an amazing experience.”

She was stunned by the amount the team raised.

“We set out to raise $2000, and in the end raised $10,650,” she said.

“We would like to thank Jess Sturt at The Gym and all the gym members for their support; also the Tumut community and our family and friends who donated.”

Donations to support the team are open until April 4, and the link is: 

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