AHS Speech Pathologist to walk 100km for a good cause

Photo of Suzi Rybak hiking
September 21, 2017

Armadale Health Service (AHS) Speech Pathologist Suzi Rybak has been spending the last four months training for a journey of a lifetime.

In an effort to raise funds for Oxfam, Suzi together with her three high schools friends will have to hike a 100km bush trail in 48 hours starting on Friday, September 22.

Suzi said while she has hiked distances up to 15kms, this will be her first time tackling a bush trail of this magnitude.

“It’s a personal challenge as well as a chance to raise funds for a really good cause,” Suzi said. “I think it’s going to be a challenge both physically and mentally but when you’re doing it for someone else as well as yourself it gives you a higher purpose and motivates you to train and keep going.”

Suzi and her friends have been hiking every weekend in preparation of the big day, increasing the distance by 5 kilometres each time. They have walked up to 50km so far and are confident they’ll be able to go the distance.

“It helps when you have your family and friends supporting you and we’ve been playing music, listening to podcasts and chatting while we walk to keep ourselves going,” Suzi said. “I’ve also managed to see some of the most beautiful parts of our outback that I would have never seen otherwise.”

The team has raised over $4,000 so far – double their original fundraising goal.

“If someone had told me last year that I’d be walking a 100km, I would have just laughed. It goes to show what you can do when you set your mind to it.”