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UPDATE walkwest 2018

We would like to provide you with an update on WalkWest 2018.

As you know, we made the decision on Saturday 24 March to cancel WalkWest 2018 at Footscray Park on Sunday 25 March, due to poor weather conditions.

Unfortunately the weather gods weren’t kind to us, with awful conditions on Saturday and fine conditions on Sunday morning.

When we made the decision on the Saturday to cancel the event, it had been raining heavily for several hours, with more rain forecast in the afternoon and evening, along with showers on Sunday morning and strong winds.

This decision was not made lightly. We engaged a team of event and risk management experts on Saturday to assess the conditions at Footscray Park, and all agreed that it was too high a risk to proceed with a high volume family event, given the muddy and slippery conditions.

It was a tough decision to make and we're devastated we couldn't proceed with WalkWest 2018. We spend over six months organising this wonderful community event every year and like you, we were looking forward to a great day out.

While we have tried to come up with an alternative date to reschedule the event, it has been decided that we will not proceed with WalkWest in 2018. This decision has been made for two primary reasons –

1. Rescheduling the event to another date would have been done so at a significant additional cost, meaning the funds raised for the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital would be greatly reduced. At the heart of this event is a great cause – raising funds to support healthcare for families of the west. The new hospital will see more women in the west giving birth closer to home and will ensure families have access to specialist children’s services on their doorstep. Funds raised from WalkWest will help us to provide the equipment needed to complete this state-of-the-art healthcare facility.

2. With Easter and school holidays approaching, the next available dates are in late April and early May, increasing the likelihood of again experiencing poor weather conditions.

We have contacted all registered participants via email. If you haven't heard from us or if you have any further questions, please email us at foundation@wh.org.au or contact the
Western Health Foundation office on (03) 8345 7660.

We have received many messages of support following the decision to cancel WalkWest, and we thank you for your support and understanding.

We hope to see you at WalkWest 2019, which will be bigger and better than ever!


The WalkWest team.

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