There have only been few times in my life when I've experienced such conflicting emotions - joy and elation at having completed the Great Walk to Beijing, and also a great sadness now that we have reached the finish line.
We overcame every challenge the Great Wall threw at us: 228 kilometres in extreme weather, treacherous terrain, physical pain and stress as our tired and aching limbs screamed out STOP!
I will never forget the feelings of great accomplishment the weary Walkers shared at the end of each day. We pushed ourselves individually and as a team with every step. We did it for you and all of the wonderful supporters who followed the Great Walk on our website. We love you all because you were there behind us. Click here for photos from the finishing line.
We've reached the Beijing finish line, but the journey continues...
The fundraising target has to be reached! We've now raised more than $1.8 million towards our target of $5 million. I'm determined we will reach this target to help build the Centre with wellness, research and patient care all under one roof. Through research and awareness we will change the way the world treats cancer - this will help all people who experience cancer, either personally or because of a loved one.
Click here to read more about the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.
On the Great Walk I met so many wonderful people. Many Walkers had experienced the heartbreak of losing someone to cancer. Like Hiu from China, who told us there is low public awareness about how to detect cancer in the early stages, causing breast cancer to kill 49% of Chinese women sufferers. She lost two of her beloved Grandfathers to cancer and said"You never know what life can give you until you stare that loss straight in the face." I was deeply moved when she went on to say"Miracles happen everyday and Olivia in her gentle determined and holistic way brought a
love in the air in China and the world, that spring is only beginning to sprout ".
Click here to read Hiu's story.
This challenge to raise funds for cancer treatment has reached people in China, Australia, America, Canada, the UK, Europe, Asia, and right round the World. Public awareness is critical to help and support people everywhere in their journey with cancer.
And you can still leave a"Message of Support" when you make your donation. You can dedicate your donation to someone you love or to the Walkers, together we will keep the spirit of the Great Walk to Beijing alive.
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I'm so looking forward to a long soak in the tub! And next time I write I'll share more of the highlights of the finish line, the event load-out and so many incredible memories with you.
Love and light
PS: Thank you for sharing our journey so far. Please keep visiting www.greatwalktobeijing.com to see the latest news and footage from the wall, and importantly, continue to show support and make your donation today.