That's right, for 16 years now Emmanuel College has been “Walking for World Vision”.
In 2000, Year 11 students Anthea Charalambous, Christine Nugent and Olivia Walkden-Brown submitted a proposal for a “40 Hour walk for World Vision”.
Consequently Mrs Prior-Morrissey, Miss Pickworth and these students walked 95km from Byron Bay to Broadbeach (with an overnight stay at Greenmount) to raise funds for the 40 Hour Famine. The following year there were 20 walkers mainly from Year 12 covering the same route. In 2003 the walk changed to its current format; this being a one day 33km walk for Year 12 students from Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta to Main Beach, Southport.
It is estimated that through these 16 “walks”, over $120 000 has been raised for World Vision. This year the walk was held on Saturday 9 May and was again led by the unstoppable Mrs Karen Prior-Morrissey. There were 89 students and 12 staff including two World Vision staff, Megan Parrella and Daniel Pennington, whose assistance was greatly appreciated and who spoke to the students at the Burleigh Heads half way point. Incidentally this year we raised $4300.
We look forward to many more years of the Beach to Beach Walks and of forging even closer links with the great team at World Vision. Back in the 2001 “Milestones” school magazine the students summed it up best when they said “If we saved one life then it was worth the effort”.