Great Ocean Road 'WALK FOR WORDS' Fundraiser

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Great Ocean Road 'WALK FOR WORDS' Fundraiser

Torrential rains, flooding, landslides and a subsequent closure of the Great Ocean Road did not deter Jonathan and the team from partaking in last weekend’s Walk For Words; an overnight hike purposed to raise funds for the development of the Mentawai Dictionary.

Team of Walk For Words hikers
The idea for Walk For Words was inspired by our good friend Jonathan Ingram, who last month contacted IEF about utilising his adventure company, Good Times Tours, in support of positive change. Following on from this discussion, John promoted the event, rallied a crew and – at his own cost – serviced a rather hospitable and incredibly fun weekend.

Hiking the Victorian Otway coastline, Great Ocean Walk
Departing from Blanket Bay on Saturday morning, with the (unexpected) sunshine on our backs, the team hiked 23 km of the Great Ocean Walk before setting up camp at Aire River. The rugged heathlands and isolated beaches along this stretch of Victorian coastline are absolutely stunning.

Beautiful day with Good Times Tours on the Great Ocean Walk
After having rested our bodies by a warm campfire, we awoke Sunday to finish off with another 12 km to Johanna Beach. Again, wild and breathtaking. Here are a few photos we captured along the way:

Victorian coastline hike crosses many different landscapes
Good Times Tours flooded river crossing, GOW
Taking the less travelled route on the Great Ocean Walk, Australia
So many isolated empty beaches along the Victorian coastline
Crossing flooded rivers on the Great Ocean Walk IEF fundraiser
Great Ocean Road overnight hiking adventure, Indigenous Education Foundation
Hiking along Johanna Beach in the Otway region, rugged and wild!
Rivers flood in high rainfall areas like the Otways and make for an adventurous crossing when they meet the ocean.
Thanks so much to Jonathan, Good Times Tours and the wonderfully enthusiastic team who gave their time and support to IEF, Suku Mentawai and the development of this extremely important documentation, the Mentawai Dictionary. It really was a good time (tour) and plus we managed to raise $2,395. You are all amazing!

Masurak bagatta (muchos gracias),

The team at IEF