Community encouraged to ‘Walk in Wings’ to support people with a disability

Alex Leary and Leanne Walsh

Noosa based Sunshine Butterflies is gearing up for its second annual Walk in Wings all-inclusive 3km walk along Gympie Terrace overlooking the stunning Noosa River on Friday 16 September.

Sunshine Butterflies founder and CEO Leanne Walsh said the inaugural event last year was a great success with over three hundred participants and this year’s goal is to double that number.

“It’s been my dream for a long time to hold an event like this and to see it come to fruition last year with hundreds of walkers participating and creating a kaleidoscope of colour was a sight to behold.

“Last year’s success has really energized our team to create a bigger and better event which will be fun packed for people of all ages and abilities. Over 4 million people in Australia are living with some form of disability, that’s one in five people so our goal is to unite local businesses, schools, sporting clubs, community groups and the general public as we celebrate diversity and inclusiveness.

“The winners of the Block in 2020 Jimmy and Tam will join us and we are encouraging everyone to wear their wings or wear purple to help add colour to the walk, there’s also lots of giveaways and prizes to be won including the most unique wings as well as the most colourful, there’s even a prize for the best dressed dog,” Leanne said.

Peter Hurley, General Manager Herbalife Nutrition said his organization was proud to be the major sponsor for Walk in Wings 2022.

“As part of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, we have been supporters of Sunshine Butterflies for many years. Sunshine Butterflies is an amazing disability support service and charity and their ethos to strive to improve the lives of those living with disability and their families is in line with our mission at Herbalife Nutrition to improve the lives of everyday Australians,” Peter said.

Registrations are now open at www.walkinwings.com.au with all early bird registers before September 14 going into a draw to win great prizes. Tickets are just $12 for an individual, $8 for a child and $35 for a family.

A free bus service will be available to pick up walkers based in and around Maroochydore with a Kinetic bus (formerly SunBus) departing from HomeCo Sunshine Coast, (100 Maroochydore Road, Maroochydore) at the bus stop near Super Cheap departing at 5.30am. A return bus will pick up participants from Gympie Terrace at Lions Park at 8am to return to HomeCo Sunshine Coast around 8.35am. Limited seats are available. Please register at www.walkinwings.com.au. Contact heather@sunshinebutterflies.com.au to reserve your seat on the bus.

The 2022 Walk in Wings by Sunshine Butterflies is proudly sponsored by Herbalife Nutrition as well as Stay Property Group, Bendigo Community Bank Tewantin- Noosa, Team Body Corporate and Shanahan Family Law. 

To view the Walk in Wings promotional video, click here: Walk in Wings 2022 promo video

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