Shine Bright for Victorians Facing Cancer

Thursday 26 November, 2020

Melbourne’s original night-time walking half marathon, Walking Stars, is returning to Victoria - with some 2020 changes!

Participants can support those affected by cancer by taking part in the Walking Stars virtual 21-kilometre challenge; a fun, non-competitive, walking half marathon, over one weekend, 4-6 December.

Registration is free, and this year, participants can track their challenge over two days in the brand-new Walking Stars app! Reach interactive check points, unlock face filters and complete fun challenges with your team safely. Plus, at the end of the challenge you can celebrate by sharing your virtual medal with friends and family.

The challenge is an opportunity to improve fitness levels, spend quality time with family and friends and support Cancer Council Victoria’s prevention programs, cancer research and support services. Last year, almost 36,00 Victorians were diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria Head of Digital Fundraising, Megan Blackmore, said that more than 1,000 people had already registered, and that turning the night-time event into a weekend challenge means more people can be involved this year.

“Walking Stars is a unique event that our supporters love. It gives everyone a chance to have a real impact on those Victorians affected by cancer. This year you can still sign up as a team with the help of a new app that will ensure the challenge is fun for everyone!” she said.

Ms Blackmore also said: “The impact of the bushfires, COVID-19 and the recession, means that we are relying more on the commitment and generosity of the Victorian community to ensure cancer patients can be supported and more lives saved through research and prevention.”

Registration includes access to an app, training and fundraising ideas, tips and advice and the chance to win fundraising prizes. For more information or to register visit www.walkingstars.org.au