HEATHER LEE (pictured) loves a good walk and at 91 she’s preparing for her next one, at the Hawkesbury Relay For Life on September 22.
Last year the champion race walker, who has both Australian and World Records to her name, walked for 24 hours around Hawkesbury Showground, a massive 95,000 steps, and she intends to reach 1000,000 this year.
Heather took up race walking in 2011 at the age of 84 after it was suggested that she compete in the Masters Games in Adelaide. She came home with four gold medals and proceeded, in 2012 to break all the Australian Records plus two World Records.
This year the Richmond 91-year-old is determined to complete 100,000 steps at the Hawkesbury Relay For Life.She will be fundraising in memory of her husband who died from cancer some years ago.
“His last words to me were, ‘now is the time to show your mettle,’” says Heather.
Heather has helped raise over $70,000 over several years as a Relay team member. Now she heads up her own team, The Heather Lee Challenge.
She hopes to encourage others to join her, not just by donating but getting out there and being active as she believes that exercise, diet and a healthy lifestyle is a good way to prevent cancer.
“If there is anything that I can do and will produce funds for the Cancer Council then I’m always up for the challenge,” she says. AT 91, HEATHER’S READY TO RELAY
WHAT: Hawkesbury Relay For Life 2018
WHEN: Saturday, September 22 from 9.30am to 9.30am on Sunday, September 23.
WHERE: Hawkesbury Showground, Clarendon
COST: $20 which includes a purple Relay shirt
HIGHLIGHTS: Survivors’ and Carers’ lap 10am on Saturday. Family-fun time 2pm to 4pm featuring a box car rally, sports sessions and hula hoop classes. Candlelight ceremony of Remembrance 6.30pm.
HOW: Register for Hawkesbury Relay For Life at https://www.cancercouncil.org.au/relayforlife/Events/IT0000599
You can join Heather at Hawkesbury Relay For Life, September 22-23 at Hawkesbury Showground or sponsor her at https://www.cancercouncil. org.au/relayforlife/individuals/ei00051159/