Queensland women set for a wild adventure in the Sunshine

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Olympian Susie O'Neill has called on women across Queensland to join Australia's most popular adventure trek series, the Wild Women On Top Coastrek, which will be held on the Sunshine Coast for the first time in 2017.

If you're a tired woman, busy with work or raising a family and always putting yourself last, then get ready for an adventure that will exhilarate you, while raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Not only will you reap the social, mental and physical benefits of spending a day hiking along stunning coastlines with a bunch of girlfriends, you'll also leave knowing you've had an impact on the lives of others by helping restore sight.

Coastrek is a team trekking challenge designed to get women outdoors in nature. Teams of four (at least half women) will walk the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of the Sunshine Coast for 30 or 60 kilometers. Olympian Susie O'Neill, who is an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation, completed Sydney Coastrek in 2014 and has teamed up with event organisers Wild Women On Top to call on women across Queensland to join the fun of Sunshine Coastrek on Friday 28 July, 2017.

Registrations for the inaugural Sunshine Coastrek open today at www.sunshinecoastrek.com.au with 2000 women pre-registered and ready to take up the challenge. Susie O'Neill said: "Coastrek is a life-changing adventure.

It's a chance to get together with a group of friends or colleagues and support each other to be fitter, stronger and healthier. "It's also an opportunity to change the lives of people living with avoidable blindness, particularly women and girls, who make up 60 per cent of the world's blind."

Di Westaway, CEO and Chief Adventure Chick of Wild Women On Top said: "Coastrek is not just another charity walk. It's a 12 week journey with a happy ending. It's for those women who want a challenge but also want the opportunity to grab a coffee and a gab, or even a spot of shopping along the way. "When our girls leap across the finish line smiling but weary you see that look of exhilaration on their faces. They know they've done something remarkable. Not only do they get fitter and stronger, but they also get their sparkle back and help to get the blind to see."

Since Coastrek began in Sydney in 2010 and in Melbourne in 2015, nearly 19,000 trekkers have raised more than $14 million for The Fred Hollows Foundation, restoring sightsight to hundreds of thousands of people in some of the world's poorest countries and training local eye doctors and health workers .

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