About WalkWest


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

Throughout the mornings activities there will be:

  • Aerobics warm-up
  • Free family entertainment 
  • Post race massage therapy
  • Sausage sizzle and external refreshment providers
  • Face-painting, bouncing castle and other kids activities
  • Water station

WalkWest Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer at WalkWest 2018, assisting with marshalling, registrations, encouraging participants or tin rattling, please contact Jo Spence on 0401 020 132.


WalkWest 2018 Fundraising - Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital


This year funds from WalkWest 2018 will support the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital. Due for completion in early 2019, the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be a multi-storey facility with 20 labour delivery rooms, 39 Special Care Nursery cots, 64 women’s inpatient beds, 32 children’s inpatient beds,  four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics. 

The new hospital will consolidate inpatient and outpatient women’s and children’s services at Western Health and will enable more women and families in Melbourne’s west to give birth and access children’s services closer to home.

Funds raised from WalkWest 2018 will help fund an Interactive Wall for families to use while they are in the waiting room in the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Clinic. This will assist in creating a child-friendly, anxiety-free environment for the clinic, where patients will feel safe and welcomed.

The waiting room plays a large part in the patient experience, as it is located in the heart of the facility. Part of that care is to keep patients and families engaged, entertained, relaxed and build a pleasant transition to the clinical examination.

Please click on the following link to view the latest updates on the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital.