Leisurely Start to Brain Week Walk - Milford Track
Cloudy skies and light drizzle didn't dampen the spirits of participants on the Milford Track Brain Week Walk, two days into the $110,000 fundraising trip for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign.
The guided walk, which began for more than 50 participants on Wednesday afternoon, got off to a leisurely start with a boat ride from Te Anau Downs to the start of the track.
Everyone was in good spirits for the first leg of the walk to Glade House – which ended less than an hour later with an optional nature stroll, hot showers, a glass of wine in the sun and a three-course meal.
On Thursday, walkers got a bit more of a challenge with the up-to-five-hour trek to Pompolona Lodge under overcast skies, through beech tree forests and glacial valleys, making it to the lodge in time for fresh scones and a helicopter visit from the Southern Neurosurgery fundraising chairman Dr Brian McMahon, who arrived with Ultimate Hikes co-owner Mike Davies and general manager Noel Saxon before dinner to greet the group and present a cheque to the campaign for $110,000.
The $2000 fee from each participant walking the Milford Track contributed to the cheque.
Project manager Irene Mosley told the walkers that so far there had been 27 applicants for the Chair of Neurosurgery position.
The walk finishes today at Sandfly Point. To date, the campaign has raised $1,718,260.
See Monday's Southland Times for a full report on the walk from Gwyneth Hyndman.
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