At just 13, Armidale local Anya Zuber was diagnosed with high grade metastatic osteosarcoma, an aggressive tumour that grows in the bones of the body. After 6 years of treatment, hospital stays and surgeries, Anya passed away at just 19 years of age, on 12th September 2020.

 

Anya wished that her body, her experience with the disease, and any other resources be focussed on the ongoing research to end osteosarcoma and improve treatments.

 

Anya’s family are working with the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) and have established a new research project called Anya’s Wish. They are committed to raising $600,000 over the next three years. This world leading, three-year critical research project will significantly improve therapies and survivability for young people diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

 

A highlight of Anya’s childhood in the New England was bush walks and picnics in the Region’s beautiful National Parks.

 

Anya was determined to help fund research into this disease to change the course of history for children suffering from osteosarcoma in generations to come.

To read more about Anya's wish CLICK HERE.

 

Please join us for the second annual 19 for 19 Challenge! The 2021 event raised $130,000 and this year, hopefully without a 1/1000 year flooding event, we'll raise over $200,000.

 

We are returning to stunning Kenwood Park, the same iconic location with far greater accessibility across the property and stunning new vistas to enjoy with a walk. The walk is suitable for people of all ages. Walking 19km for 19 years, together on Sunday 16th October 2022.

  • When is the walk on?

Sunday 16th October 2022.

 

  • Where is the walk being held?

Start/Finish at "Kenwood Park" 14km East of Armidale on the Castledoyle Rd.

The event is on land owned by Michael and Lesley Coffey. The organisers would like to thank the Coffey Family for allowing the event to take place on their beautiful property. We ask all walkers and spectators to respect the land, treat it well and leave no rubbish on any of the tracks and trails.

  •  How do I get there?

Buses have been organised to take everyone to and back from "Kenwood Park".

 

Buses will depart from the Armidale Visitor Information Centre (82 Marsh St, Armidale) every 20 minutes from 6am. Please check back later for bus schedules.

 

There is NO parking at the event site. the bus is the only form of transport.

  •  How far is the walk and are there any age restrictions?

There will be two walks again this year:

5 km family / kids walk; and

19 km walk.

Children are encouraged to participate in the 5 km walk.

Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult or guardian, who is over the age of 18, and must always be within arms reach of their guardian during the event. They will not be permitted to walk the event alone.

  • Entry Fees (includes a t-shirt, water bottle and snacks for the day.)

19 km Walk (Full Course)

Adults ( 18+ ) - $100.00

Children ( under 12 ) - $80.00

Family ( 2 Adults + 2 Children ) - $250.00

Students - $80.00

5 km Walk (Short Course)

Adults ( 18+ ) - $67.50

Children ( under 12 ) - $50.00

Family ( 2 Adults + 2 Children ) - $230.00

Students - $60.00

  • Timeline for the day

6:00am – Registration starts (Armidale Visitors Information Centre)

7:00am - 19km and 5km event starts

 

  • What time will the walk finish?

All walkers should have completed the course by 2:30pm.

Buses will be ready to return you to Armidale Visitors Information Centre.

  • COVID 19 - Regulations and Guidelines for a safe event

The "19 for 19 Challenge - A Walk for Anya's Wish" event and Tour de Rocks Ltd will always follow the advice from NSW Health Regulations and Guidelines.

All mandated restrictions for attendance and participation for this event will be followed. ​

  • We are cupless!

We want to do our bit to help look after our environment. This will be a "cupless" event and, as part of your registration, you will receive your very own water bottle. No disposable cups will be provided. Water will be available.

 

  • First aid and water stations

St Johns Ambulance will provide first-aid at two locations. The base first-aid base station will be at the Walk Base Camp marshalling area and another aid station will be located at approximately 10 km into the 19 km course.

 

There are 3 refreshment stations along the course where you can rest, rehydrate, and replenish on the snacks, water and electrolytes provided.
 

  • No prams or dogs please 

None of the courses are suitable for prams. There are uneven and narrow tracks, rocks, loose gravel, tree roots, step sections, and boulders.

No dogs are permitted on this private property.

'19 for 19 Challenge' - A Walk for Anya's Wish
Sunday 16th October 2022