Kate’s Steps Bring Us Closer to a Cure

We can’t help everyone BUT everyone can help someone!

Physioworks Health Group receptionist Kate Membrey has inspired us all with her awesome effort in raising over $4480.00 for Peter Mac Cancer Research by recently completing the 47.8km Soleful Strutters walk around Melbourne.

Over 1400 walkers took part in the event across the weekend, walking 30km on the Saturday and backing up with an 18km walk on the Sunday. A total of $3.6 million for cancer research was raised by the event.

Physioworks Health Group provided support to Kate in her fundraising efforts.

Kate is one of our ever smiling front of house team at our Cranbourne clinic so ask her about her walk when you are next in the clinic.

Read about Kate’s fundraising and walking experience below.

Soleful Strutters

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention” – Oscar Wilde

kate membrey

Day One

Mark and I arrived at Fritsch Holzer Park in Hawthorn East at 6.25am to a hive of activity, big marquees, rows and rows of tents for the overnighters, a stage. Warm up started at 6.55am followed by the opening ceremony where they told us there was 1401 walkers and that we had raised $3.6 MILLION for Peter Mac.

Then it was all GO GO GO some of us carrying water, some of us had back packs and others like myself had camelbacks mine carrying 2 lts of water, socks, tape, band aids and barley sugars.

We all marched off very excited, our first grab and go (water and toilets) was at the 3km mark still feeling positive I kept going to the first pit stop where there was food, water and toilets. Still feeling great we kept pounding at the pavement, before I long I was walking past a building I recognised wow I had just walked to the Alfred hospital!

We walked past the Botanical Gardens here I was joined by my husband Mark and son Jack we walked through Federation Square, up Flinders Street to Spring and hiked up the hill and walked past Peter Macmillan hospital to a cheering squad saying thank you – this is why we were doing it. Lunch in the Treasury Gardens marked the 19km mark, a sit down and a change of socks and we were ready to go again.

Walking to the MCG, I parted ways with Mark and Jack and was to go it alone. Along the Yarra marked the 23km point and I was starting to feel the pain, the sun was out and belting down on us I was ready to give it up, but a couple of confidence words from Mark a quick stop at a grab and go and I was ready to finish the 30kms. Our last stop for the day and we were told we had 2.4kms to go we were all exhausted the walking was laboured and then we were confronted with the steepest hills of the day I remember thinking “Are these people for real” “Are they trying to kill us” but this is the idea we had to suffer and feel the pain so we could have a slight understanding of what cancer sufferers feel everyday through treatment and recovery.

I remember turning left on to Munro Street and thinking oh thank god it was downhill and I could see the finish line, I could hear the cheers for the people ahead of me my pace got faster I saw the finish line a smile spread across my face I had done it J

katemembreyDay Two

The alarm went off at the same time, so off we traipsed and at 6.45am we were off again. I was feeling ok considering, there were a lot worse around me, women and men with blisters the size of 50 cent pieces, taping of injured muscles and knees, the smell of deep heat in the air. The pace was a lot slower than the day before I was walking a bit gingerly especially since they had us starting on hills. Our first pit stop was at the 6.7km point; I was starting to feel the pain and knew I needed to change my taping on my feet to avoid blisters. Mark was there waiting for me and I decided I would stop, and start again from the lunch point so I could finish the walk with everyone else.

We went to a park in Maple Street Caulfield South and at 10.05am I started the last 11.1kms feeling positive I walked up Bambra Road to Caulfield Park, over Princes Highway to Malvern Gardens, this was our last pit stop, and I told Mark to meet me at the finish line because I am going to finish this walk!

There was 4.7kms to go so off we went making our way to the dreaded Tooronga Road up and up we went a hill again to finish seriously who came up with this route! Cato Park was our last grab and go the cheering was brilliant from the support crew all weekend and this last point was the best, feeling positive I was nearly there up and up Tooronga Road we went passing MT IDA AVE holy moly it must be a mountain I am walking up because there is a street named as such!

Then we turned and it was down hill to the FINISH LINE, to my sisters cheering me on, the smile was even bigger than the day before, then I spotted Mark and Jack I walked across the line and into their arms 47.8kms done!

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.

Soleful Strutters would like to thank all who contributed to our fundraising efforts.

We were overwhelmed with the generosity of so many individuals and companies. The trivia night was a great success and I enjoyed running the evening it alone raised $1200.

Our combined team efforts of fundraising was $4480.05 all of which is in Peter Mac’s hands and hopefully on its way to find a cure for this evil disease that affects so many.

Companies we would like to thank are:

Physioworks Health Group, SHARP, Tooradin Tattoo, Sportsco Cranbourne, Pharmacy Select Springhill, Creative Style Hair & Beauty, Advantage Pharmacy Tooradin, Priceline Cranbourne Nth, Tooradin Sports Club, Tooradin Newsagency, Coles Cranbourne, Woolworths Cranbourne Nth.

I would especially like to thank my husband Mark for being there all the way through the training, trivia night and on the weekend as support, mentally and physically

Andrea had to undergo minor abdominal surgery and was also unable to partake in the walk, however was able to complete the last 5km’s with her family in tow. And I was able to complete the 30kms on Saturday and 18kms on Sunday with the biggest smile of achievement on my face.

Unfortunately due to Anne having 2 littlies under 4 and it being a ridiculously hot summer especially in Bendigo she did not get enough training in therefore thought it unwise to continue with the walk.

Kate Membrey

So to all once again THANK YOU.

We can’t help everyone BUT everyone can help someone!


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