Small steps for big issue

From left: Jo Porteus, Terri Baran and Amelia Baran-Temperley.

Fundraising. Five thousand steps every day for one week is the formidable mission that faces former Edith Creek resident Jo Porteus and her team in March, and she’s coming back home to spread the word for a charitable cause.

Ms Porteus is taking part in CARE Australia’s 25km ‘Walk In Her Shoes Challenge’, which aims to raise funds to improve the lives of women and girls living in poverty by providing them with resourceful community gardens and clean water.

The team will be holding a Mystery Host Evening at the Stanley Golf Club on Friday February 28, with door prizes and body products on offer for those who attend.

Ms Porteus described the reasons for her team’s commitment to the cause, having set themselves a target to reach before the walk takes place from March 17 to 23.

“Suppression of women is very prevalent [in disadvantaged countries],” she said.

“A lot of us who are walking are mums. I always think ‘what if we were in their shoes?'”

She also revealed her excitement whenever she returns to visit the area, speaking highly of the strong community values that locals hold.

“The generosity from the area is always amazing,” she said.

“It’s a good chance to get ourselves out there. We would love to see some familiar faces on the day.”

For more information or to RSVP to the event, contact Jo Porteus on 0408 124 187.

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