Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Walking, Talking, Fundraising Foursome Sets off on Big Trek; Team Tackles 100km Walk in 48 Hours

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Walking, Talking, Fundraising Foursome Sets off on Big Trek; Team Tackles 100km Walk in 48 Hours

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Lee Constable

lee.constable@dailymercury.com.au

THEY'VE trekked Annapurna in Nepal, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Fansipan Macchu Picchu and took on Mt Everest just before last year's earthquake. And now these Mackay walkers are taking on the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Brisbane.

The team of four -- Frank and Sandy Marchetti and Sherrie and Gaven Klingner -- have taken on the fundraising challenge; walking 100km in 48 hours.

They left for Brisbane Thursday to meet up with their support team, former Mackay residents Jan and Paul Burnett, to prepare last minute snacks and rest up before the challenge.

They set off from Lake Manchester at 8.30am yesterday with hundreds of other walkers and they may still have been walking at midnight.

"We are hoping to do it in 30 hours and finish Saturday afternoon, with everything going well with the body and the feet," Mrs Marchetti said.

"People can be still be out there until Sunday morning, because you have the 48 hours to complete it in."

Mrs Marchetti and Mr Klingner are siblings, and the four avid travellers were looking for their next challenge. "We didn't have any trips planned to do our trekking so we thought what other challenge can we do?" Mrs Marchetti said.

"Jan (Burnett) had done it last year and she just loved it. And we all enjoy that sort of thing. It compliments other things we want to do as well. And it's for a great cause of course. The four of us are looking forward to the challenge," she said.

Oxfam Trailwalker in Australia has raised more than $70million since 1999. Oxfam helps people all over the world by promoting education, ensuring access to clean water and gives people vital skills such as growing food.

Each team can choose a name from a previous team, so this Mackay crew chose 'The Walkie Talkies'.

"You pick a name that you would associate with your team. …

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