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About WalkWest Virtual Landmarks Challenge (VLC)

With restrictions preventing the Western Health community from coming together for our traditional fundraising walk along the Maribyrnong River, we’ve developed WalkWest VLC - an exiting event, 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 our healthcare heroes and the health of 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 neighborhood (in line with State Government COVID-19 regulations of course).

For more about this event see the “How it Works” page.

Why WalkWest VLC?

Western Health has stood at the absolute frontline of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With more patients, and a greater degree of ICU cases than any other hospital in the country, as well as providing intervention care for a significant number of aged care facilities, we have stood firm alongside our community to consistently provide some of the best care possible.

Anyone of any age or fitness ability can take part throughout the month of November. Challenge yourself! Set your own pace by walking, jogging or running your way along the course either by logging your steps online, or by choosing to walk all or part of the track, within state restrictions.

Be part of our community in the west. Take pride in our local landmarks, our history, diversity and our future journey, together.

Lockdown has been tough. Get your body moving and see the benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing. Summer is just around the corner…

Join in as an individual or work in a team. The more you can raise is the more you can help. Fundraise over your 42km journey around the west – with the money staying in the west to support our hospitals, healthcare workers and improve the health of those living in our own community

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 the health of people living in Melbourne’s west.

Raise $100

This could fund a non-monetary support session for our Pastoral Care team to provide counseling and support to a family in distress, whose loved one is being cared for in Western Health’s Palliative Care Unit.

Raise $250

This could fund a vulnerable patient receiving a Telehealth session, or a visit form a nurse via the Hospital in The Home program. Western Health are reaching out into the community more than ever before, helping to create a hospital without walls to help deliver a more comforting best care experience for our patients.

Raise $500

This could help purchase an IPad so that our vulnerable patients isolated away from their family and loved ones due to the COVID 19 situation, or other infectious diseases, can maintain connection during the distressing time.

Raise $1000+

This could help a Western Health nursing team member to retrain and refresh skills to be able to assist and respond to urgent needs within our Intensive Care Unit.

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Share a photo of your walk or a screenshot of your km travelled.