“Dad died suddenly and unexpectedly 4 years ago of a heart attack and it left us shattered. He was a very healthy 63-year-old who loved walking, so as a tribute we decided to hold a ‘Walk for Johno’.” We hear from Johno’s daughter, Bek Spencer. “This will be the fourth ‘Walk for Johno’ and the last due to family and work commitments, so we want it to be the biggest and the best.
“The walk aims to raise awareness of heart disease and bring sufferers and their loved ones together. We’re on track to raise over a $100,000 for The Heart Foundation, we’ve raised $73k so far. We hope our support of The Heart Foundation will help to stop this tragedy happening to other families. Mum and Dad had been married since they were 20. He was a very community minded man and loved by all.
“The walk, on March 16th, follows the Bellarine Rail Trail from Queenscliff to the Eastern Hub in East Geelong where there’ll be a BBQ celebration from 2pm – 5pm. Here there’ll be presentations, a raffle and kids’ activities. It’s free to register and we hope lots of people come along to support the 2 in 3 families that are affected by Heart Disease. You can choose from four walking options from 3km to 35km.
“We have the @Piano Bar ‘Walk for Johno’ Launch Party this Sunday the 17th of February from 1.30pm – 5.30pm and still have a few tickets left so get in quick as this is so much fun!
“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported ‘Walk for Johno’. For more information go to www.walkforjohno.org or our facebook page ‘Walk for Johno’. We would love to hear from any persons or businesses that could donate Raffle or Auction prizes too, so thank you and hope to see you there.”
Story: Jacqui Bennett Photo credit: Michelle Tulemija