Langer joins in virtual walk

Carly LadenBroome Advertiser
A number of Kyle Andrews Foundation committee members took to Gantheaume Point for their 2020 Kyle's Walk.
Camera IconA number of Kyle Andrews Foundation committee members took to Gantheaume Point for their 2020 Kyle's Walk. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

Hundreds of people from Broome and beyond have come together virtually to keep the legacy of a special young Broome boy alive.

Although COVID-19 stopped the traditional Kyle’s Walk in its tracks, the Kyle Andrews Foundation held a virtual version of the event.

People in Broome, Perth and all over Australia were encouraged to walk 5km from wherever they were based and connect with other participants via Zoom.

While some Broome residents made the most of walking along Gantheaume Point in the sunshine, others joined in from their local parks.

The mass Zoom call, hosted by KAF chairman Matt Sear, also saw a number of special guests make an appearance, including past Kyle’s Camp participants and cricket champions Justin Langer and Cameron Bancroft.

Mr Sear had nothing but praise for those who took part in the virtual walk and said he was happy with its success.

Justin Langer
Camera IconJustin Langer Credit: Zoom

“We were surprised to have so many people from all over Australia connect with us and take part in Kyle’s Walk,” he said.

“After the massive success on Sunday, we’ll definitely be considering combining the virtual event with the traditional walk next year.”

While Kyle’s Walk is normally used to raise funds for the annu-al Kyle’s Camp, which gives sick children from Perth the opportunity to experience all Broome has to offer, this year’s event saw participants encouraged to support the businesses that had given support to KAF over the years.

The camp was launched more than two decades ago, when 11-year-old Broome boy Kyle Andrews said he wished his friends from his hospital ward in Perth could visit his home town to help them feel better.

He lost his battle with cancer soon after that, but his memory has lived on through the different events embraced by community members each year.

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