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 September 12th 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.
We have found an iconic location for people of all ages to walk 19km for 19 years, together on Sunday 21st November 2021.
There will be two distances: a 5km family/kids fun walk and a 19km walk.
Sunday 21st November 2021
Start/Finish at "Kenwood Park" 14km East of Armidale on the Castledoyle Rd.
Getting to the start
Jump on the free shuttle bus, leaving at regular times from central Armidale to "Kenwood Park" and returning walkers after the event. (More details including pick up and drop times coming soon.)
Head east from Armidale CBD on Waterfall Way and turn right and follow Castledoyle Rd, turning right and continuing along Castledoyle Rd on the bitumen. Please don’t continue straight on when the road becomes Blue Hole Road and changes to a dirt road. Follow Castledoyle Rd until you reach "Kenwood Park". (Click here for directions.)
The event will be using lands 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.
Entry Fees (includes a t-shirt, water bottle and all food 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
7:00am – Registration starts
7:30am - 19km event starts
10:00am - 5km event starts
All walkers should have completed the course by 2:30pm.
Let’s 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 checkpoints
There will be a major St John Ambulance first-aid base station established at the Walk Base Camp at the start of the Walk.
In addition, there will be two break stops / first aid stations on course. Refer to the Aid Stations and Checkpoints for locations.