Finishing walk is "exhilarating feeling" for Cargo to Grenfell particpant

Because of Covid this year's Cargo to Grenfell walk on March 13 has been cut to just one day, but this hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of its participants.

Two teams of walkers from Canowindra and one individual walker have registered for the walk which raises money for mental health.

Kobie Rogers, who is a member of the Canowindra Crawlers team, will be setting off on her third Cargo to Grenfell walk.

A couple of the Canowindra Crawlers will be debutantes while others are taking part for the second time.

Walkers to register so far with the Canowindra Crawlers include Nadine Daly, Colleen Coker, Alison Stephens, Breanna Bowd, Jacinta McMullen, Jessica McMullen and Ken Wilson.

"Altogether there are 18 or 19 of us from Canowindra, it's amazing" Ms Rogers said.

"I started doing it after myself and Alison Stephens saw the walkers going past, we've both had a lot of family and friends suffering from mental health and I thought, we can do that and its something on our doorstep that can help locals.

"We recruited last year and got quite a few more people to come on board.

"A few last year, from the hospital donated their time and did blister stations along the route which was fantastic and this year they have their own team which is excellent."

While this year's walk has been reduced to a single day, from Gooloogong to Grenfell because of Covid, Ms Rogers is under no illusion that the walk won't be hard.

The walk from Gooloogong to Grenfell is 47.7km, the final stage of between eight and nine kilometres over a slow incline.

"It's physically hard, it's also mentally hard," Ms Rogers admitted.

"You can be out their on your own, you have all this space, it's beautiful countryside and your mind goes to so many different levels.

"But you then get with a group of people and that lightens the load, you move on, which helps a lot."

With so much time spent looking at the countryside conversation, Ms Rogers said, often drifts to the most random of topics.

"We've talked about socks for three or four kilometres, random things, you don't realise what is alongside the road when you're just walking," she said.

"We talk about gum trees, you come across palm trees and they'll spark a conversation about how they got to be where they are.

"You talk about all kinds of things that you just normally wouldn't talk about."

The Canowindra Crawlers have raised more than $1500, surpassing their $1000 target.

While recognising the challenge of walking all day Ms Rogers highly recommends it.

"It's the most exhilarating feeling ever," she said.

"By the end of the day you're just mentally drained, because you don't know whether your hot, or tired or both or whether its because your feet hurt.

"The first year I was so overwhelmed I couldn't even speak, the second year it was still exhilarating but a different feeling because I finished with a group.

"It was like, we did this, this is great.

"So this year it will be interesting to see how it all pans out."

The walk being held over one day isn't the only major change this year, with organisers also giving walkers the option of walking both the full distance to Grenfell or half the distance.

If you would like to register or gather further information please go to the website and click the register tab.

If you would like to donate to the cause, please click on the following link: The donation helps support Rural & Mental Health who deliver early intervention and prevention based mental health programs Australia-wide.

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