A STEP AHEAD: Riverview Gardens Aged Care Plus residents and staff held a walkathon to raise money for disadvantaged communities. Front from left, Penny Palmer, and Patricia Johnson with resident Fay Stewart.
A STEP AHEAD: Riverview Gardens Aged Care Plus residents and staff held a walkathon to raise money for disadvantaged communities. Front from left, Penny Palmer, and Patricia Johnson with resident Fay Stewart. David Nielsen

Residents stride out for annual walkathon

THEY might not move as quickly as they used to, but that didn't stop the residents at Riverview Gardens Aged Care Plus Centre from holding their third annual Walkathon.

Residents, staff and volunteers put on their walking shoes on Friday to raise money for disadvantaged communities locally and internationally.

The 2013 Walkathon was raising money for education and psychosocial support for girls at Mbagala and Kwetu Centres in Tanzania, The Salvation Army's Riverview Farm and OASIS youth centre. The homes in Tanzania provide education and sanctuary for young women who have been trafficked, or are at risk of human trafficking.

Last year, across Queensland, NSW and ACT, more than $85,000 was raised, and this year the goal was $100,000.

Kaye Gott, diversional therapist and volunteer co-ordinator at Riverview Gardens, said she was looking for a record contribution from Ipswich this year.

"Last year we raised just over $2500 with residents, sponsorships and donations," she said.

With the help of staff and volunteers, the residents at Riverview Gardens walked around the grounds of the aged-care centre, smiling and singing. Darryl Tocchetti, manager at Riverview Gardens, said the Walkathon was a "fun morning out".

"Our staff and residents are passionate about helping others less fortunate than themselves," he said.

"The walkathon is a wonderful way to do that and stay healthy and active at the same time."

Aged Care Plus is a division of The Salvation Army Eastern Territory and provides a range of aged-care services.

For more information and to donate, head to: agedcareplus.salvos.org.au.



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