Ambitious mission

A SENIOR citizen aims to complete the WOWS Kids Walk 2014 in his wheelchair.

Francis Chung, 62, is one of the five core walkers in the gruelling 13 days trek around Viti Levu, starting at Sukuna Park in Suva at 5:30am tomorrow.

While four of the core walkers spent the weekend preparing for the challenge ahead, Mr Chung decided to compete in the Suva Marathon yesterday.

The other core walkers are Laughing Samoan Eteuati Ete, The Fiji Times journalist Dawn Gibson, WOWS Kids communications officer Jeremy Duxbury and Seru Rokosuka.

“As far as I know, no one has been around Viti Levu in a wheelchair by themselves before but I recall that the Spinal Injuries Association did it as a relay once,” Mr Chung said in a WOWS Kids statement.

“I train every morning and every afternoon, so I’m confident that I’ll get around the island in one piece. It’s not a race and it’s for a very worthy cause.”

WOWS Kids (Fiji) chairman and chef de mission Makrava Wilson said the support team would give Mr Chung all the help he needed to complete the ambitious quest.

“The WOWS Kids Walk is slightly different this year as we aim to take the Walk On Walk Strong message to the rural areas,” he said.

“We will spend lunch times in the main towns along the route and spend the overnight stops in villages.

“We have many walkers signed up for the pre-breakfast walk on Monday from Suva to Namuka-i-Lau, with others choosing to go a bit further.”

Registration for the walk will be held at Tanoa Plaza in Suva from 3pm to 4pm today, and the fee is $25 per person and includes an official WOWS Kids Walk T-shirt.

The epic walk concludes on October 18 when the team returns to Sukuna Park where the WOWS team has organised a SOS Head Shave and free concert featuring Rako Pasefika.

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