THE local Rochester Heart Foundation walking group was recognised as part of National Volunteer Week last week.
The Heart Foundation in partnership with Bendigo Regional YMCA congratulate Kate Rae, the volunteer walk organiser for the past four years, for her time spent ensuring the free walking group remains an integral part of the community.
Kate said Heart Foundation walking groups are perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels.
‘‘We have not missed one walk due to weather, sometimes it drizzles and we just bring an umbrella,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a great way to keep people motivated and we’ve even been joined by some of the T.O.W.N club members.’’
The group has around 20 registered members and walks every Wednesday at 9am, from outside the community house building.
Kate said normally walkers split into two groups with the first walking around five kilometres in an hour and the second travelling a few kilometres at their own pace.
‘‘No matter what walking ability you will always have someone to walk with,’’ she said.
‘‘Some people bring their dogs and it’s great just to have a chat and socialise. Anyone interested should come along.’’
Part of the thousands of volunteers who assist the Heart Foundation Walking program nationally, primary and secondary Walk Organisers collectively contribute over 1.14 million hours of their valuable time each year to making their communities healthier.
Heart Foundation CEO Professor John Kelly said the time volunteered was the equivalent of more than 151,000 working days.