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Benalla couple support crew for charity walk

Annie and David Hill have donated their time, car, food and fuel to work as support crew for Jog for Jugs charity walk from Cairns to Cape York.

LIBBY PRICE July 10, 2014 3:15am

Annie and David Hill, support crew for Jog for Jugs charity walk by Peta Burton.


Benalla couple Annie and David Hill have been doing their bit to fight breast cancer by volunteering as the support crew for Peta Burton, who is walking from Cairns to Cape York to raise $10000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

The Hills decided to volunteer for the ‘Jog for Jugs’ charity walk by supplying their own four-wheel drive and some food and fuel for the 1000km 30-day walk.

‘‘We were touched by breast cancer when our daughter-in-law was diagnosed with it. She’s been cancer-free for five years now. David (my husband) said if ever there’s an opportunity to help other people, we will,’’ Ms Hill said.

‘‘We’ve been grey nomads for five months of the year for several years now. I saw the ad for a support crew for ‘Jog for Jugs’ on the Grey Nomad job website late one night and applied. Peta rang the next day and said, ‘You’ve got it’. I hadn’t even told David but he got right behind it.

‘‘We were about 3000km from Cairns so we rearranged our schedule and in 10 days we were there.

‘‘Our donation is $800 for fuel and $600 for food.

‘‘It’s just the most remarkable journey, to meet someone like Peta ... she’s a lovely vibrant person.’’

Annie and David follow Peta with their vehicle and trailer and, as a trained nurse, Annie tends to all Peta’s blisters and cooks all the meals.

‘‘She eats five meals a day. I had no idea how much cooking was involved, but anything tastes good when you’re starving. Tonight it’s roast lamb and upside-down pineapple cake.’’

Peta aims to be the first person to walk from Cairns to Cape York in 30 days.

‘‘When I got her (Annie’s email) volunteering I burst into tears. It’s like having a second set of parents. I really needed someone to give me 30 days of their time. It’s not a holiday. I needed people who understood why I’m doing it.

‘‘We are already into our first week and have raised more than $2500.’’

Peta thought of the name while she was jogging on the beach near her Gold Coast home.

‘‘My sister refers to her breasts as ‘jugs’. It’s a term of endearment. But it’s nothing to do with my story. It’s all about raising awareness of breast cancer.’’

You can follow the Jog for Jugs trip by going to www.jogforjugsaustralia.com.au

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