Kerry Saxby-Junna.
Kerry Saxby-Junna.

Challenge for charity

FORMER Australian athlete Kerry-Anne Saxby-Junna has launched a challenge to Northern Rivers residents to join the Ballina to Byron Charity Walk on Sunday, May 20th and help the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The idea is simple: recruit a group of friends and prepare together for a 37km walk from Ballina to Byron.

Mrs Saxby-Junna explains that walking is a low impact activity, allowing participants to enjoy the exercise and the scenery, while helping the Rescue Helicopter Service.

"I have never walked 37km in my life, it will be a challenge for me too, but if you do it with a friend you can chat all the way. You just need to make sure that you keep up a good pace," explained the former athlete.

"It will be a very picturesque walk. We will be walking in the best countryside in the world," she explained.

Preparation for the event is very important, according to Ms Saxby-Janna.

"You just have to make sure that you go out for a one-hour walk for five or six days a week, just to get your body - and especially your feet - used to it."

The retired athlete suggested making sure that you had comfortable shoes and that your legs and feet were in good shape.

She also recommended avoided alcohol and eating more carbohydrates than normal in your diet in the lead up to the walk.

Originally from Ballina, Kerry-Anne Saxby-Junna is a retired Australian race walker living in the ACT. She has held the world record for 5000m track since 1996.

The charity walk will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Rescue Helicopter service in the Northern Rivers.

The event is open to teams of four who can choose to walk from Ballina to Lennox Head (12km), to Broken Head (25km) or to Byron Bay (37km).

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