On their toes

Steve Widders and Pat Worthing will attempt to walk 100km in 48 hours to raise money for Oxfam. Picture: DAVID DOYLESteve Widders and Pat Worthing will attempt to walk 100km in 48 hours to raise money for Oxfam. Picture: DAVID DOYLE

ARMIDALE men Steve Widders and Pat Worthing will embark on a unique challenge this Friday in a bid to raise money and awareness for global poverty.
The pair will join Sydney men Simon and Richard Wilcock and walk 100km from Hawkesbury to Sydney Harbour within 48 hours.
They hope to raise around $5000 as part of the Oxfam Sydney Trailwalker challenge.
If trekking 100km with little rest and sleep didn’t sound challenging enough, add to the mix the fact that Mr Widders has been blind for 24 years.
But the former Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer for Armidale Dumaresq Council is no stranger to a challenge.
Mr Widders, who recently retired, walked the Kokoda Track in 2011 and cycled from Brisbane to Sydney on a tandem bike – also for charity.
His partner on Friday is a long-time family friend.
Mr Worthing is the regional business manager for GP Synergy, an organisation that trains general practitioners.
“We’ve continued to cross paths over the years and when I recently mentioned needing another two team members for the walk, Steve jumped at the idea,” Mr Worthing said.
To track the team’s progress during the walk, or to make a donation, visit trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/18558

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