Kyle’s Walk goes digital

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We may just be getting our heads around working from home, but it is nearly time for Broome to start walking from home as well.

That will at least be the case for one day next month when the Kyle Andrews Foundation brings its 7km trek from Gantheaume Point to Cable Beach to the digital world.

The Kyle’s Walk event is normally used to raise money for the organisation to continue flying sick children up from Perth each year for an action-packed camp, which was one of Kyle Andrews’ dying wishes before he died of cancer at age 11.

Over the past two decades it has evolved into one of the town’s most beloved and special community occasions that attracts thousands each year — and the KAF was not going to let new COVID-19 social distancing laws get in its way.

The event will this year be transformed into an online live stream of the journey between the two famous beaches, which will also feature pop-up celebrity video messages throughout.

Those contributing to the digital walk include Australian national cricket coach Justin Langer, and Perth Scorchers stars Cameron Bancroft, pictured, and Max Klinger, all of whom have taken part in the camps in Broome in the past.

Other ex-Broome stars and politicians are also expected to send in video messages.

Prizes will also be handed to viewers who have liked and supported the Facebook pages of businesses that regularly sponsor KAF, and the public can submit pictures in the organisation’s clothing or colours to an online album.

KAF chairman Matt Sear said he was looking forward to seeing how the innovative response would roll out.

“This year we are still honouring Kyle, but we are also turning our attention to helping the businesses who have supported us,” he said.

“It is going to be exciting to see how it all comes together.

“It is going to be a fun time for everyone who gets involved.”

The free event will be held on May 17. Registrations are open at kyleandrewsfounda tion.com.au.

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