IV. The First Milestone

Walking

It’s been just over three weeks since the walking challenge began and much has happened on ‘The Island’. The combination of the time of the year, co-incidence, and possible isolation resulting in little things seeming like big things, there have been a number of events to mark on the calendar. We’ve celebrated Christmas, sighted our first airliner in months (a commercial jet on its way to Japan), rang in the 2014 New Year, assisted an emergency rescue helicopter with refuelling and facilitated a 3-month resupply which included the most special of all deliveries – fresh fruit!

A rescue helicopter departs after refuelling at the island.

A rescue helicopter departs after refuelling at the island.

 

To cap off this busy period the 100th lap of the walking challenge was completed on Sunday. With this milestone reached the featured charity also transitions from the Garvan Research Foundation to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. This organisation exists to enhance the quality of life of people living with blindness or impaired vision, by assisting in their achievement of independence through access and mobility. In Australia, the dogs are mainly Labradors and Golden Retrievers and are selected due to their temperament, friendliness, intelligence, proven track record and loyalty. Having had a pet labrador myself several years ago, I witnessed their sense of duty when it came to caring for sick family members, including myself. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT receive no government funding and rely solely on community support to provide services free of charge to people with impaired vision. And a handy hint: If you’re ever having a bad day – check out their website, it has many pictures of puppies which are destined to change people’s lives in a big way. It’s guaranteed to brighten your mood.

A distant airliner bound for Japan.

A distant airliner bound for Japan.

The walking challenge is still in its early days and despite the idyllic tropical setting there’s no time to relax. General work duties continue and we may even see the first cyclone of the season form in the Coral Sea later this week. 1 milestone down, 4 to go.

Current Featured Charity: Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

Laps Completed: 105

Laps to Go: 395