Epic walk to raise money for cancer

09/Aug/2011

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Sole man...Andrew Cadigan is walking around Australia in memory of his friend who died of cancer.  Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au   Sole man...Andrew Cadigan is walking around Australia in memory of his friend who died of cancer. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au Buy this photo

A NEW pair of shoes might not mean a lot to most people, but for 30-year-old Andrew Cadigan they are a godsend at the halfway point of his walk around Australia.

Mr Cadigan, a carpenter from the Central Coast of New South Wales, started his Oz on Foot adventure from Sydney Airport on December 27, 2010 and last week arrived in Scarborough.

This epic walk is in honour of his mate Chris Simpson who died last year, aged 24, after complications with cancer treatment.

While in Scarborough he took the time out to talk to several schools, as well as take delivery of a brand-new pair of walking shoes.

He has now been on the road for 205 days, walking down the east coast to Melbourne, across Tasmania and then to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road, across the Nullarbor and he is now Darwin bound.

Chris suffered from a rare form of blood cancer, and Mr Cadigan said his fundraising efforts were in honour of his good mate. “When Chris died he had $20 left in his wallet,” he said.

“His mother kept that 20 bucks and gave it to his brother Josh to have a drink with me on my 30th birthday, which meant a lot to me, and his family have been my biggest supporters.”

All money raised goes to the Cancer Council of WA, you can donate by going to the website www.ozonfoot.com.


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