I. The Journey Begins

Welcome to the Coral Sea Islands! My name is Matt and I work as a weather observer at the Willis Island Meteorological Office. I’m stationed here for a 6 month posting between October 2013 and April 2014.

My home is Sydney, Australia and while on the island I have decided to give the money I am not paying towards rent to charities. I’m hoping to generate awareness in the wider community by walking 500 laps of the island during my free time. For the five 100-lap segments I will dedicate that money to a different charity.

Some things to know:

  • Willis Island is small, remote and desert island-like in appearance. It’s about 450 meters long by 150 meters wide and has a population of 4. Each lap will be about 1.2 km (0.7 miles) in length.
  • Maps and statistics about the walk will also be made available using the Google Track app.
  • I won’t be collecting any money from others however I would encourage donations to any of the featured charities or to elsewhere which may have a special meaning to you, if you’re able to do so.

The charities I’ve chosen have significance to me and I’m thrilled to be able to help in a small way. If you’d like to help out in spreading awareness about the work these organisations do please feel free to share their links with your colleagues, friends and family.

This weekend past I made the most of the longer daylight hours and completed the first laps of the walk.

The featured charity for the first 100 laps of this walk is the Garvan Research Foundation. The Garvan Research Foundation provides fundraising support to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a world leader in biomedical research.  With an emphasis on collaboration, Garvan scientists are ultimately aiming to develop a prevention and cure for major diseases including cancer, diabetes and obesity, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, immune disorders and pituitary disorders. Breakthrough research developed here has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. 

Current Featured Charity: Garvan Research Foundation

Laps Completed8

Laps to Go: 492

21st Dec 2013 map1
The Beginning
Laps: 3
Total distance: 3.55 km (2.2 mi)
Total time: 48:29
Moving time: 45:17
Average speed: 4.40 km/h (2.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 4.71 km/h (2.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 5.88 km/h (3.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 13:39 min/km (21:58 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 12:45 min/km (20:31 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 10:12 min/km (16:25 min/mi)
Recorded: 21/12/2013 5:13pm
Created by Google My Tracks on Android