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The Bloody Long Walk 2019 - Melbourne

Brilliant team effort

You have all made a wonderful contribution just by signing up to do the walk. Your fundraising efforts have also been fantastic. A sincere thanks all round. 

My training has been a little bit erratic, so I may be relying on adrenaline and good company to get me over the line. Don't forget, good shoes, good socks and good cheer are essential! See you Sunday.

Memorial

Sadly, I lost my beautiful son to this atrocious disease on the 11th July. I witnessed the way MERRF horrendously stripped him of any quality of life. He kept going until the end and remained positive and hopeful. That's why I am determined to support organisations that provide much needed research grants to help others with Mito and eventually find a cure.

Personal Story

My son  suffers from a rare mitochondrial condition called MERRF that causes severe fatigue, greatly impaired mobility, and neurological and cognitive issues. It was only diagnosed in January 2018 following a seizure. The disease is degenerative and his condition has greatly deteriorated in the last 18 months. In short, the future does not look good for him. I intend raising awareness through The Bloody Long Walk to enable much needed research and ultimately finding a cure for this disease.

We're walking 35 kilometres in The Bloody Long Walk. That’s 46,200 steps in one day!

We know we'll cross the finish line exhausted and blistered, but that’s nothing compared to what people with mitochondrial disease (mito) go through every day.

Mito robs the body’s cells of energy, causing multiple organ dysfunction or failure. Mito can affect anyone at any age.

Please sponsor our walk to help fund research into desperately needed treatments and cures for this devastating disease.

Every dollar will make a difference!

It’ll be bloody tough but with your support, we know we can do it. THANK YOU!

Thank you to our Sponsors

$350

Floreancig Smith Building Surveyors

$217

Matthew Shine

Awesome achievement!!!

$217

Grandma Jean

so proud of my courageous daughter Annabel. Hugh will remain in my heart forever. We shared the best of times.

$120

K Yong

Well done

$119

Brian Mccullagh

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

$119

Marie Taylor

Well done Louise. Would be great to find a cure for this disease and hope this helps x

$119

Josephine Palermo

$119

Julie Skuja

You a amazing. Walk strong you wonderful woman! With you in spirit xx

$119

Tucker Hatfield Pty Ltd

I’ll be thinking of you and Hugh tomorrow Annabel. Walk strong. xxx

$119

Anne Westwood

Glad to give my support for such a worthy cause.

$109

Jenny Nolan

$109

Helen Anstis

It's a bloody long walk! Good luck!

$109

Corina Costin

All the best for Hugh!

$109

Barclay Family

Good luck to you all, every one of you is a champion.

$100

Ann Scanlan

$100

Marg And Greg Tormey

We wish you and Andrew luck for the walk and sure you will do it without problems. You will just have to put up with some complaints from Andrew! Sorry we can't do it with you but hopefully we can join you next year. All the best. Marg and Greg

$100

Anonymous

$100

Bea Watkins

Hi darling, I'll be thinking of you and Annabel on the day. A wonderful cause to support.

$100

Jane Dixon

$100

Kim Beissel

$100

Cathy Clark

Well done all of you. Your efforts will help lead to a cure

$65

Rob Webb

Just awesome Jenny and team.

$65

Joanne Trzcinski

Go, Ann! I love that you do these amazing fundraising walks. What an incredible cause. X

$65

Leanne Cunnold

Go Jen!

$65

Melissa Chen

Great job Jan, so happy to support you. Melissa x

$65

Phyllis Paterakis

Go girl, good luck!

$65

Toni Andreevski

Well done Anne! Good luck.

$65

Cameron Hall

Go Anne! On behalf of Tommy Hall on gap year in Uk.

$65

Michelle Skinner

Go Jan - Im really proud to be supporting you and the mito foundation

$65

Helen Murray

Awesome Ann! Have a bloody good walk gorgeous! And we’ll done! x

$65

Yuanlin Chen

$65

Edwina Mcdermott

I’m cheering g you from the sidelines!

$65

Rob Hartnett

$65

Carrie Kennedy

Go polstar⭐️⭐️⭐️

$65

Kate Walker

Go Polly. Bloody great effort! I can lend you some socks that can protect your precious walking feet... Have fun!

$65

Malte & Laszlo Wagenfeld

Hope you make it Polly!

$65

Anonymous

Go Polly 🏃‍♀️

$65

Cathryn Jordan

Happy to support - because it is a long way and because it is a good cause - Best wishes

$65

Alex Roy

$60

Dana

Thinking of you Annabel

$60

Louise Bonadeo

Well done Andy

$60

Shu Tan

So proud of you Annabel. I know u can do this without a sweat !!!!

$60

Robin Hunter

Great cause

$60

Therese Le

$60

Lynne Curtin

Well done Jan. Hope you survived, you’re left with a great sense of pride and your tootsies are recovering. Love, Lynne

$60

Brett Hope

Onya Jan - wear sensible shoes!

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Ann Styles

$60

Jude Barley

$60

Trish Carney

Go girl !!

$54

Suzanne C Tipton

Disappointed we couldn't be with on the day .Our volunteer application was not responded to so we assume there were enough peeps and we weren't required . Well done.Lots of love Suze and Roberto xxx

$54

Judy Styles

Will you be able to do 35km?

$54

M And P

$54

Jane Hutchinson

Go Jan!

$54

Dora Longmuir

$54

Marilyn Baker

Such a good cause. Hope it goes well.

$54

Thea R

Well done Jenny for raising awareness and for completing the 35 km course.

$54

John And Dina Pattison

Sensational effort Souls.

$54

Wuff Keeble

Special heartfelt thoughts to Annabel and her family, lots of positive energy and love to you all for Sunday xxx

$54

Hannah Dittrich

Good luck with the walk, for such a great cause! Sending our thoughts xx

$54

Barrie Beissel

$54

Meli Panayiotidis

I wish you stamina Soula. This donation is for the soul of my brother Jim who passed away from a tumour on the brain in his pineal gland at the age of 25. I pray for a cure for brain cancer and mito.

$54

Donald Scott

A great effort, Jenny. Happy to support you.

$54

Jane Mackay Jackson

$54

Bronwyn Petrongolo

Go Ann!!

$54

Philip Robertson

$54

Katherine Grossi

$54

Martin Power

$54

Steve

Good on you Jan! Support for friends in need shows a deep level of care for others.

$54

Holly, Tim And Alfie Xo

$54

Castle Family

Best of luck for the walk!

$54

Freda Caragounis

$54

Sue Angus

To loose a remarkable young man, so not fare. Lets stop this and find a cure for Mitochondrial Disease.

$54

Evelyn Culnane

Hugh will always be remembered for his immense courage. Jenny, it’s really wonderful that you’re doing this. x

$50

Sal, Caro And Ollie

Go Pol! We know you can do it!

$50

Linton Watkins

$50

Marilyn Hunter

Good on you, Jenny

$50

Fran Capelli

$50

Carolyn White

Great Job Jan!

$50

Jocelyn Howell

$50

Rosemary Hunt

Good luck Ann , hope the feet hold up, a great effort in honour if Hugh

$50

Alison Crosweller

$50

Amanda

$50

Elizabeth Boyden

$50

Nicola Lodge

$50

Kate Wardlaw

Go Jan!! So proud to support you and this important cause

$50

Angela Spehar

Great cause, and good luck! :)

$50

Anonymous

Best of luck Polster! x

$38

Anna Patricia Malbon

$38

Rochelle Bugno

$38

Steph

Go Ann!

$38

Georgie

$38

Cathy Belcher

Good luck

$38

Lisa Cartwright

Good luck Jenny - a great effort for a great cause.

$38

Martin Power

$38

Marylin Devlin

Sorry to hear the reason for this please let Angus know how sorry I am about his friend. Good luck to you. I know you will do well.

$38

Kathy Evans

$38

Michelle Walsh

Well done Jenny

$38

Dawn Gellatly-hofland

LOVE YA LONG TIME

$38

Javette Hamilton

Good luck Jan!

$38

Jane Foley

Well done Jan. Let us know how long it takes you...

$38

Cath Lyon

Make sure you have good shoes!

$38

Camilla Tierney

$38

Melissa Loucas

This is so sad Jan - my thoughts are with Annabel and her family. She is lucky to have you to support her x

$38

Helen Witchell

$38

Kristina Wearing

Good luck for your walk Annabel and what a wonderful legacy you have created for Hugh. xx

$38

Kevin Masci

Go Jan !

$38

Anthelia Tzanis

Bravo Anastasia!Well done! Keep walking!

$38

Pam Rycroft

Good for you, Anastasia! I would have donated more but I'm sponsoring some different folks doing the same walk. Good luck! X Pam

$38

Eve Bold

Go girl 😉

$38

Stuart Partridge

$38

Chrysi Polymeni

Good on you! Keep going!!!

$38

Deb Ganderton

$38

Marietta Kokkas

$38

Kristina Wearing

Well done Jenny. Such a good cause and in remembrance of Hugh.

$38

Kristina Wearing

Well done Louise. Such a good cause and in remembrance of Hugh.

$38

Angelina Speranza

Good luck Lou. What an amazing effort.

$38

Wanita Motley

Great cause, you guys are doing an amazing job

$38

Nelson Mathews

$38

Helena Spyrou

$38

Lesley Burcher

Good luck Ann. I know this walk means a lot to you.

$38

Eva Bruce

Good on you Ann. Have a great walk!

$35

Cristina Pozzan

$35

Bernadette Mcshane

Blessings to Hugh's family

$35

Toby Verey

Good luck, Jenny!

$35

Michelle Bowler

Good Luck Louise. Hope Melbourne’s weather is kind on the day of your walk

$35

Anonymous

$35

Tamara Bowles

Good on you !!!!

$35

Amanda Cornwall

Go Polly. I'm very impressed. That's definitely a very long walk

$35

Brent Lamb

$35

Anonymous

All the best Annabel, Sue and Nick

$35

Kim Mckenna

Good Luck, Jen! You definitely can walk 35 ks in a day! I have every faith!

$35

Laura M

You can do it Jenny!

$35

Ella O'sullivan

Smash it.

$35

Raymond Butt

$35

Hilary

Good luck for Sunday Jenny! Good on you for doing this.

$35

Anonymous

Wonderful support you do to your beautiful friend touches my heart. All the best, Jan!

$35

Tina Whittle

Cheering you on from Daylesford, Anastasia! Xo Tina

$35

Samantha Poole

Go Jan! Wishing you all the best for the walk! xx

$35

Mike Cullinane

Go Annie!!! Bloody long way!

$35

Anastasia Panayiotidis

$35

Jenny Hunter

$33

Susan Llewelyn

Go Jenny!!

$33

Jasmine Kaye

Love to you, this is so inspiring

$27

Louise Nicholls

Good luck to your team xx

$27

Natasha Key

Well done Jenny! Hope it goes well on the day :)

$27

Irene Fitzpatrick

Well done you guys!!!

$27

Susie Wilkinson

So sad to hear...Good on you for raising awareness Louise x

$27

Gary Hunter

Go Cuz .Good on you .!

$27

Anonymous

$25

Tim Hosemans

$25

Helen Rolton

$22

Anonymous

Thinking of you both, through this walk and the bigger journey you have ahead.

$22

Anonymous

What an inspirational thing to do. I hope you have a great day Jenny.

$22

Niki Matziaris

Congratulations my friend. May God this beautiful angel My condolences to his family🌹

$22

Adam Hough

What a fitting way to celebrate Hugh and make a difference.

$22

Suzanne Patterson

Good Luck -Jenny! :-)

$22

Anonymous

$22

Nikki Mcconnon

$22

Michael Beres

Wear comfy shoes - it is a bloody long walk!!

$22

Ronni Dee

Ann what an inspiration you are x

$22

Molly Rizzo

Great work Jan! Steps will be very high that day!

$22

Marisa Canzano

Well done on a great cause Jan

$22

Jane Grimshaw

Jenny, what Matthew and his friends have been through is hearbreaking. Good on you.💕

$20

Helen Bakowski

$20

Laura

xx

$20

Jenny And Geoff

Best wishes, Jenny and Geoff

$20

Anke Pfeiler

Well done, Jan! And what a great cause. I am sure it felt good to see the finish line. I hope that today was a positive experience for your friend Annabel.

$20

Carolyn Rogers

Good luck 😁

$16

Jean Wanmer

To my darling grandchild who we miss so much!!

$16

Elizabeth Crowther

Dear Nephew, we miss you.

$11

Lauren Mifsud

$11

Krissi Shephard