About WalkWest

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What is WalkWest?

WalkWest is an annual fundraising event comprising of a 2km, 5km or 10km walk or run, which is designed to be fun for the whole family. Each year, the WalkWest Village at Footscray Park, Maribyrnong, is alive with fun and family activities for little kids and big kids alike. While the event participants run or walk to raise funds for Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital, those that remain in the village have lots of things to do to keep themselves entertained. WalkWest starts and finishes at Footscray Park. The route runs along the picturesque Maribyrnong River.

WalkWest Village at Footscray Park

WalkWest 2019 is shaping up to the biggest and best yet, with a great line-up of free, family-friendly activities and entertainment :

  • Music and dance performances

  • Dance, circus and sporting workshops

  • Bouncing castle, face painting and games

  • Post-race massage therapy

  • Delicious array of food and beverages

WalkWest 2019 - Supporting the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital

Set to open in mid-2019, this Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will deliver the healthcare needs for growing families across Melbourne’s west. It will bring together women’s and children’s services under one roof and will include expanded maternity wards, a maternal-foetal health unit, specialist women’s health clinics, a full-floor children’s ward, separate clinics for children’s health services and the ability to care for very sick babies onsite keeping families together at this important time.

To provide the very best experience for mothers-to-be, we want to offer above and beyond the standard hospital birthing experience. And we want to reduce the frustration and distress for children and families waiting for care.

Funds from this year’s WalkWest 2019 will help provide additional equipment and special enhancements to support mothers-to-be and alleviate the anxiety for young patients in hospital.

For further information visit www.womensandchildrens.wh.org.au.