The Great Illawarra Walk a resounding success

Hundreds of community members got out and about for The Great Illawarra Walk on Saturday to help KidsWish continue to make a difference to the lives of children living with disabilities and their families.

A bumper total of 546 walkers did their part for the event with many of them doing the full trek from Shellharbour to the Headlands Hotel in Austinmer in the warm conditions on a beautiful autumn day.

KidsWish was the charity partner for The Great Illawarra Walk for the first time and more than $90,000 was raised to assist our mission to provide supportive programs, special events and community-impact projects.

The Great Illawarra Walk website will be accepting donations for the next two weeks – let’s take this year’s total to $100,000.



The introduction of the all-inclusive KidsWish Blue Mile along the Wollongong foreshore made it possible for many more walkers to participate even if they were not able to do the full course.

This 1.5km stretch, from Belmore Basin to North Wollongong, ended with a mini festival near the new All Ages All Abilities playground at Stuart Park.

There was a range of free family fun activities at Stuart Park for the occasion, including face painting, reptile encounters, a St George Illawarra Dragons activation, bubbles and music by i98FM.



Illawarra’s Friendly Neighbourhood Spidey, the gigantic BumbleBee and some of the Harry Potter crew were very popular with the young, and not so young, attendees at the mini festival.

Illawarra Security Guards was the proud major sponsor of this year’s event with support from: 



We would also like to thank the other local businesses that sponsored the water stations along the route:



The Great Illawarra Walk has raised more than $1.2 million for charity since the first event was held in 2008.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who walked, our army of KidsWish volunteers who ensured the event ran smoothly and anyone who contributed financially to making this year’s event the best one ever.

The water station staffed by KidsWish at Bellambi just edged The Disability Trust’s Corrimal crew for the best water station prize, as judged by the walkers.

Now it’s time to start training for next year’s Great Illawarra Walk.


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