Sandra Roach, a resident of the Hunters Green retirement village in Canbourne East, has recently been hitting the pavement to increase her daily activity and will be competing in the ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ challenge later this year.
Sandra has been walking every day and has increased her distance gradually to now cover between 3 and 5kms per day. She relies on an activity tracker to measure her distance and aims to complete at least 10,000 steps each day (although most days she clocks up between 13,000 and 15,000 steps). Now, Sandra has committed to walking 50kms in a week from the 16th to the 22nd of March and raising $500 for the Walk In Her Shoes challenge hosted by CARE Australia. The aim of the challenge is to raise $1m to support women and girls living in poverty in developing countries. ‘Even if I do not reach either or both targets I am happy that I am helping other people and improving my own fitness in the attempt,’ Sandra said. Sandra has been a Girl Guide leader for 35 years and Girl Guides Australia/Victoria has a link with CARE Australia which is how she was introduced to the challenge.
Sandra’s fellow Hunters Green residents have been supportive of her efforts and she has already started collecting donations. The Hunters Green garden club is raffling a beautiful potted Mandevilia with all proceeds going towards Sandra’s fundraising initiative. Sandra is a great advocate for a fit and healthy lifestyle and is always willing to help her fellow residents to achieve their goals. ‘I constantly chat to other residents and encourage them to walk as much as they are able to,’ Sandra said. ‘I’ve worked with another resident to map Hunters Green and measure the distances so that people who prefer not to walk outside the village can see how much they’ve achieved and challenge themselves to walk a little further next time. ‘I use the treadmill in the gym if the weather is not suitable for walking outside and I’m happy to help other residents learn how to safely use it,’ Sandra said.