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Women Preparing to Trek the Sydney Coast and Restore Sight to 100,000 People

With Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill leading the charge, thousands of women are getting their friends together for the Wild Women On Top Sydney Coastrek, 50 – 100km Team Challenge, raising funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Registrations to participate in the annual Sydney Coastrek event open on 2nd September at

Sydney Coastrek, which has raised over $4 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation since its inception in 2009, provides the perfect opportunity for women to get fit with their friends by walking and talking along the stunning Sydney Coast in just 18-36 hours.

Swimming legend, Susie O’Neill, was attracted to the event for exactly that reason, and is entering the 50 km Day Event with friends from her children’s primary school.

“Trekking 50km along the beautiful Sydney coastline with friends and changing lives by restoring sight through the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation is the perfect challenge for me,” said Susie O’Neill.

Ruth Hollows, the youngest daughter of the late Fred Hollows has an incredible passion to continue the work of her late father. Having discovered Sydney Coastrek in 2011 Ruth has just become a Sydney Coastrek Ambassador.  Joining Susie and Ruth are AFL legend Leigh Colbert and beloved Australian broadcaster Julie McCrossin.

The Sydney Coastrek event has been booked out every year since it began in 2009, in spite of exponential growth; from humble beginnings when 30 dedicated women trekked 126 km raising just $200, to last year’s event which had 2,100 participants and raised over $1.8 million. The goal for 2014 is to raise $2.5 million which represents restoring sight to over 100,000 people in developing nations – two thirds of whom are women!

To see what Sydney Coastrek is all about watch the video below:

Organisers have already been inundated with requests from women wanting to secure their place.

 “This event has really struck a chord with women, particularly mums, who see it as a great way to get fit with their friends, while walking in spectacular locations and enjoying a cappuccino along the way.” said Coastrek Founder, Di  Westaway.

“Teams must consist of four participants, with at least 50% of the team being women. Over the years, this has resulted in a 90 per cent female demographic because women love the walking, talking and giving to charity,” said Westaway.

There is a choice of three different events held from 28th February to 1st March 2014:  50km Day: Sun, Sand and Surf; 50km Party All Night, or the entire 100km, Hard Core Challenge from Palm Beach to Coogee.

Ms Westaway said that matching the iconic Sydney coastline with the legendary Fred Hollows was a perfect fit.

Trekking along the coast is all about vision. We fully support the Foundation’s goal of ending avoidable blindness, and will do everything possible to support our trekkers to ensure they achieve their goals of fitness and fundraising.”

Trekkers can register at and will be provided with training guides, sessions and a training weekend to assist them with preparing for the adventure.

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