Walking in grandfather’s memory

Walking in grandfather’s memory

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Brothers Mark, Ryan and Garrett Chappell will walk 100 kilometres through the Perth hills at the weekend to raise money to fight poverty and honour the memory of their grandfather.
Brothers Mark, Ryan and Garrett Chappell will walk 100 kilometres through the Perth hills at the weekend to raise money to fight poverty and honour the memory of their grandfather.

Walking 100 kilometres within 48 hours may be a tough ask but for Byford resident Garrett Chappell, the memory of his grandfather would keep him going.

Mr Chappell and his team the Cessna squad, formed with his two brothers and a friend, would join more than 1200 people in the annual Oxfam trailwalker challenge.

The challenge would see participants take on a 100-kilometre journey from Darlington on Friday morning to Ray Owen reserve in Lesmurdie by Sunday morning to raise money to fight poverty.

The fastest team was expected to cross the finish line by about 9pm on Friday night.

Mr Chappell said his team would dedicate their walk to their grandfather who died while walking the track last year.

“Literally the last conversation I had with grandpa was about the walk,” he said,

“It was such an overwhelming thing and such an amazing thing to do so I asked the brothers to do it for that reason and walk in his memory.” Mr Chappell said the team also took its name from the brothers’ grandfather, who once restored a Cessna aircraft with their father and used it to fly the family to holiday destinations.

“The walk is also a good way to raise money for Oxfam, which is a great organisation because it helps people directly when they’re in need,” he said.

Mr Chappell said the team had already reached its initial target, raising $2500 and was now hoping to raise even more.

“We also compete in a lot of these events that are all about raising money so we’re pretty fit even if 100 kilometres is a big ask,” he said.

Oxfam trailwalker Perth had already raised more than $600,000 for poor communities around the world with the hope of reaching $1.5 million over the weekend to match last year’s team fundraising efforts.

Visit www.trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/perth/ and search for the Cessna squad.