Walk of a champion

TWELVE hours of walking and two sore feet were worth it for Charlotte Northam on Sunday.

Aiming to raise $2000 for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Charlotte had instead by Sunday night raised an impressive $4876 by walking from Robe to Kingston along the coast.

Starting at Robe at 7am with a team of ten walkers, the weather held out for Charlotte as she walked along the beach to Kingston, covering over 56km.

"The feet are very sore," Charlotte said after she finished the epic walk.

"I've got blisters on my heels and toes, and had to change my shoes at Cape Jaffa because it got really soft and wet."

Charlotte was accompanied by walkers throughout all stages of her walk, with check-points at Third Ramp (Robe), Boatswain Point, Wrights Bay, Cape Jaffa and Pinks Beach.

Arriving in Kingston well ahead of time at 5pm, Charlotte continued to walk around Maria Creek before crossing the finish line at Lions Park at 7pm.

Charlotte's mum Maria-Rose said she couldn't be more proud of her daughter.

"She has absolutely exceeded all expectations," she said. "I am very proud of what she has done."

It was just before Christmas last year when Charlotte decided she wanted to raise money for cancer.

"It wasn't until the end of January that we realised we needed to start seriously planning the event.

"We wanted to keep it quite tight and have it sooner rather than later so people stayed interested in it."

A lot of preparation went into the walk, with Charlotte training as much as she could leading up to the event.

"She hadn't done the whole length of the walk, but she covered the full length in different stages throughout her training," Maria-Rose said.

"Even if it was just an hour-long walk with friends, she tried to stay as active as possible over summer."

Fundraising help came from many sources, such as collection tins placed at local businesses, Kingston Community School's casual day and funds collected at Kingston's Offshore Fishing Competition.

Among the many people and businesses Charlotte thanked was the Kingston Lions Club for allowing her to hold her final celebrations at Lions Park and running the barbecue.

She also thanked the staff at Kingston Caltex for hosting a coffee drive on Easter Sunday as well as The Cottage Coffee Shop, Bliss, Little's, Williams's Newsagency and Holiday in Robe for having collection jars.

"I'm really happy with the amount of support," Charlotte said.

"More people than I would have thought turned up tonight and throughout my walk and I really appreciate it."

Kingston Mayor Reg Lyon spoke at the event, congratulating Charlotte on her achievement and presenting her with a cheque.

"For somebody so young to take on something like this, it's just wonderful and I'm very proud," he said.

"Back when I was younger, no one would have even imagined doing something like this.

"It's wonderful to have a representative from Kingston do something this special."

For anyone else who would like to donate, Charlotte will be collecting donations personally and online at acrf.everydayhero.com/au/charlotte until the end of the month.