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Mum-of-four does walk of thanks

Karen Byrne has been walking for 36 days and counting.
Karen Byrne has been walking for 36 days and counting. Erin Smith

KAREN Byrne, in her bright orange vest and hat, walked through Warwick yesterday, 36 days into her epic walk from Melbourne to Brisbane.

The 51-year-old mother-of-four is completing the 1700km walk to raise money for the Children's Health Foundation Queensland.

She has been planning the walk for three years.

When she was a young mother she promised to repay the good work of Brisbane hospitals when her own children were seriously ill.

"I got to see first-hand the wonderful work that the doctors and nurses do and the care they give to the children and their families," she said.

Mrs Byrne said she should be home by Friday, her well ahead of her 50-day goal.

"I have been walking from six to six every day," she said.

"We stop at caravan parks and rest stops.

"I have had three rest days.

"It has been a great experience, but I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday because I've been up at five every morning."

Mrs Byrne said she hoped to raise $10,000 during the walk.

"I'm about half way there," she said.

 

Donations for Karen's walk can be made at supportkarenswalk.com.

Topics:  children's health foundation queensland, karen byrne


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