SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 24: Celeste Moroney with her brothers Luke, Adam and John who are walking from the Central Coast tomorrow in 24 hours as part of the Oxfam Trailwalker.Taken at Rozelle on August 24, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media)It usually takes a few hours, at most, to travel from the Central Coast to Sydney. But four siblings are in it for a longer haul.
On Friday morning, Celeste Moroney, 37, and her brothers John, 36, Luke, 39, and Adam, 41, began an epic 100-kilometre trek that will have them walking for more than a day.
The quartet are taking part in Oxfam Trailwalker, an annual fundraiser that challenges groups of four to walk a rugged bush trail to raise money for people in poverty around the world.
Ms Moroney said she completed the walk once before, two years ago, and it was one of the hardest things she had done, but she relished the opportunity to walk the trail again with her brothers by her side.
On Thursday night, the siblings met at a sports medicine centre in Rozelle to have their feet strapped up before the walk, to prevent blisters and injuries. At 7am on Friday, they rugged up in long-sleeved shirts, beanies and jumpers and posed for a photo with Helen Szoke, the chief executive of Oxfam Australia, before they set off.
Their team, dubbed Electric Dreams, hopes to complete the trek in less than 27 hours, arriving at Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights at roughly 10am on Saturday.
“We like the challenge of it, it’s a real endurance event,” Ms Moroney said.
“It’s interesting to see how you are on the trail, because you go through so many different emotions. But it’s also interesting with four siblings, because everyone goes back to their role as kids.”
Ms Moroney, who owns marketing agency Run Partners, helped organise fundraising events such as salsa dancing, raffles, spray tanning and a high tea.
The family had raised more than $67,000 – the most of any group – as the trek began on Friday morning at Parsley Bay, near Brooklyn on the banks on the Hawkesbury River. They hope to get their total to $75,000 by the time fundraising closes.
More groups will begin the trek on Saturday. A total of 2748 people will traverse the Great North Walk during the event. The teams stop at checkpoints roughly every 15 kilometres, where family and friends will be waiting with food, encouraging words, and massages for aching muscles.