About WalkWest Virtual Landmarks Challenge (VLC)
With restrictions preventing the Western Health community from coming together once again for our traditional fundraising walk along the Maribyrnong River, we’ve relaunched our WalkWest VLC - the exciting event that we can still do together, or virtually.
Now, no matter where you live or what hours you work, you can participate. And with 21 days to achieve the goal of 42km (or more), WalkWest VLC is the fundraising event that we can all do to support care for cancer patients in the west!
Challenge yourself to a marathon effort of 42km in 21 days – or distance between Flemington Racecourse and Werribee Zoo –either by walking the distance at home, at your workplace, or in your neighbourhood (in line with State Government COVID-19 regulations of course).
For more about this event see the “How it Works” page.
Note: Some photos used on this website have been taken pre-COVID and not reflect the current PPE standards
Why WalkWest VLC?
Where your dollars go
Although we are a public hospital, government funding can only go so far. Donations provide that extra level of funding above our day-to-day operational costs and help to develop new programs and services, facilitate clinical research, secure the latest equipment and further enhance our facilities.
All funds raised from WalkWest will go directly to supporting additional individual care needs for our cancer patients living in Melbourne’s west
This could provide a pack of essential care items to a patient diagnosed with cancer, to help cope with the various stages of treatment
This pays for a patient to enrol in a specially tailored gym package, ensuring they are physically able to meet the challenges of chemotherapy.
Support families who have been impacted by cancer as they try to keep living a normal life. A cancer diagnosis can have a huge financial impact. Your support might help cover one off costs like a special final family photoshoot to ensure memories are made. You’ll also support families who’ve had to tighten the purse strings, so that kids don’t miss out when footy fees, school excursions or birthday parties come up
This supports a patient to receive additional emotional, educational, psychological and social support from a health care professional, to help them navigate the complexities of their cancer diagnosis, and reassure them throughout treatment. A cancer diagnosis is scary and these funds can ensure that the patient’s individual needs are met, alongside assistance with wellbeing strategies, to help deliver the best care.