Eventide staff take up Spanish challenge

Stawell women Leeanne Nuske and Andrea Monaghan have already covered well over two hundred kilometres as part of their 'Spanish Pilgrimage for Eventide' fundraiser, which is now underway.

Leanne Nuske and Andrea Monaghan in Spain.

Leanne Nuske and Andrea Monaghan in Spain.

The Eventide Homes staffers are trekking 466 kilometres from Leon to Cape Finisterre in Galicia in north-west Spain to raise awareness of Eventide Homes and attract public donations to buy new iPads for residents.

Eventide Homes Chief Executive Officer, Sue Blakey said donations had been steadily coming in to support the ladies' ambitious adventure.

"We are so thrilled that Andrea and Leeanne are enjoying this very special, if not challenging pilgrimage and we really appreciate their efforts and the public donations coming in."

From Spain, Andrea Monaghan said they were averaging around 25 kilometres on foot per day.

"We did 34 kilometres in the rain one day, but that proved a bit much," Andrea said.

"Fitness wise we're all doing fine except for a few blisters. Walking up the mountains has been long and hard as expected, but the countryside is just amazing."

Andrea said she and Leeanne had met lots of friendly people from all over the world who were also doing the pilgrimage.

"We are eating basic pilgrim's food along the way and sleeping in 'albergues' with around 20 other people in one room," she said.

"We are now in the swing of it and really enjoying it."

Their goal is to raise at least $4,660 for Eventide to buy iPads, as they make their way across Spain to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where the remains of St James the Great, one of the 12 apostles, are believed to rest.

Donations can be made online at 'My Cause' or at Eventide Homes reception. You can see photos from the trek on Eventide's Facebook page.


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