The origin

The Apricity Walking Club (AWC) began in August 2020 after Linden Toll, Apricity CEO, wanted to incorporate exercise and break up the work day by getting out for some walking. This was given an additional incentive through charitable contributions made by Apricity for every kilometre walked by the Apricity team. The charity of the week would be decided by the walker of the week (WoW) who had covered the most kilometres. Each member of the AWC is assigned a unique cap number in order of their commencement date with the club.

The GOAL

10 weeks into the Apricity Walking Club (AWC), the numbers have grown from 5 members in week 1 to 15 in week 10. It has been great to see the team jump at this initiative and walk to raise funds for some great causes while getting out for some daily exercise. In these 10 weeks, the AWC covered 1207km. We have now set the ambitious goal for the to achieve 10,000km by the end of the financial year, our progress is shown to the right.

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Week 1
Walker of the week

In the inaugural week of the AWC, Gail Wallace (Cap #3) emerged as the frontrunner in both pace and distance, covering 17.03kms for the week.

 

Charity and Donation

With the team total of 80.35km for the week, a donation of $80.35 was made to Act For Kids, as chosen by Gail. This charity seeks ‘for all children in Australia to have the safe, happy childhood they deserve’ which made it an amazing cause to donate to for our first week. To read more about this cause charity click here.

Week 2
Walker of the week

In the second week of the AWC, Robin Smith (Cap #4) achieved the most kilometres with 26.17km.

 

Charity and Donation

The team achieved a total of 88.24km which meant a $88.24 donation for Robin’s choice of charity, UNICEF Lebanon. After the tragedy on the 4th of August, Robin saw this it fitting to donate to the cause which is committed to helping support the children of Beirut in the recovery process.

Week 3
Walker of the week

In the third week of the AWC, Linden Toll (Cap #1) came out as our Walker of the week with 21.43km.

 

Charity and Donation

For the third week in a row, the AWC achieved a new high kilometre count with 102.44km. After hearing the amazing story of Ronaldo Mulitalo and the adversity he has overcome, Linden saw it only fitting to support Stepping Stones House. Ronaldo supports this charity to help homeless teenagers dramatically change their lives. “Stepping Stone House is an award-winning organisation that provides accommodation and personal development to help homeless and at-risk youth become independent and the very best they can be.”

Week 4
Walker of the week

This week we had a new WoW emerge with Bella Cummins (Cap #9) showing serious determination to reach 22.93km.

 

Charity and Donation

The AWC continues to hit its stride with a new record distance of 115.44km. Bella’s charity of choice was Beyond Blue, a great cause to aims to help the 3 million Australians that are living with anxiety or depression. ‘Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.’

As a result of the team’s great efforts, Apricity donated $115.44 to this more than worthwhile organisation.

Week 5
Walker of the week

In the fifth week of the AWC Tom Mooney (Cap #2) was the walker of the week with a total of 28.7km for the week.

 

Charity and Donation

With 105.52km for the team total Tom chose to donate towards Dementia Australia. With 459,000 Australians living with dementia and 1.6million Australians involved in their care, Dementia Australia seeks to represent and support all of them.

Week 6
Walker of the week

In week 6 of the AWC Robin Smith (Cap #4) claimed her second WoW title with a staggering 32.47km for the week.

 

Charity and Donation

The team welcomed it’s 13th member and totalled 151.8km for the week. Robin chose to donate the $151.80 to Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer. After losing her husband in 2015, Carrie Bickmore set up CB4BC and has since raised over $12 million for vital brain cancer research. This made a very suitable cause for our record distance week.

Week 7
Walker of the week

Ben Rutherford was awarded the WoW in week 7 of the AWC after he totalled 21.66km through the streets of Coogee and Randwick.

 

Charity and Donation

With a team total of 121.45km for the week, Ben chose to donate to Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. This donation will help support the 159,000 children that are cared for across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.

Week 8
Walker of the week

In a record breaking week for the AWC, Linden Toll (Cap #1) accumulated 31.72km to become the Week 8 WoW and claim his second WoW title.

 

Charity and Donation

The team had some great contributions all round to achieve 173.12km for the week. With a great tally came a great choice of charity to donate to in White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon works to eliminate gendered violence, aiming for an Australian society where all women and children are safe.

Week 9
Walker of the week

In just her second week in the AWC Liese Roylance (Cap #15) claimed the Week 9 WoW with 29.1km.

 

Charity and Donation

With the long weekend getting the week off to a slow start, the team rallied for the second half of the week to record 117.9km. Liese’s charity for the week was The Stroke Foundation. The stroke Foundation partners with the community to prevent strokes, save lives and enhance the recovery of stroke victims. Alongside supporting survivors and stroke research, the donation will go towards raising awareness of factors that can help prevents the occurrence of a stroke.

Week 10
Walker of the week

In Week 10 of the AWC, Bella Cummins (Cap #9) returned to the top of the weekly total to gain her second WoW title after walking 31.81 km.

 

Charity and Donation

The AWC had an excellent week with some great distances covered across the board to walk a combines 150.47km. Bella’s charity of choice was Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, who enable people with low vision or blindness to get around their communities safely and independently. Their work sees around 4,000 people a year receive the support they need to reach their mobility goals.

Week 11
Walker of the week

The AWC continues to hit it’s stride (literally) and was lead by, Linden Toll (Cap #1) in week 11 as he accumulated 35.92km to claim the WoW title.

 

Charity and Donation

With recent growth in the weekly totals of the AWC, week 11 continued this trend as we saw 210.79km walked by the team. Linden’s charity of choice was Kari which is one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal Service providers. Kari Limited is the largest Aboriginal foster care agency that ensures the Aboriginal community has access to culturally-specific foster care services. Kari was identified as a truly worthy cause for our best team total to date.

Week 12
Walker of the week

In Week 12 of the AWC, Linden Toll (Cap #1) claimed his 3rd WoW title and 2nd in a row with 35.32km in the week.

 

Charity and Donation

The team had a strong week totalling 178.64km. Linden chose to contribute to Apricity’s The Longest Day fundraiser that will take place on the 14th of December. This is a golfing challenge where 5 of the Apricity team will be taking on 54 or 72 holes of golf in a single day.

Week 13
Walker of the week

In the 13th week of the AWC, Gail Wallace (Cap #3) has returned to the top of the walking world to claim her second WoW. Gail accumulated 31.8km in a great week for the AWC.

 

Charity and Donation

The team total for Week 13 was 223.43km. The AWC continued to support Apricity’s The Longest Day fundraiser that will take place on the 14th of December.

Week 14
Walker of the week

This week Robin Smith (Cap #4) was the WoW with a total of 36.82km. Robin claims her third WoW title with her impressive tally for the week that lead the way from the outset.

 

Charity and Donation

With just one week left before Apricity takes on The Longest Day the AWC continues to support the fundraising efforts. Along with Robin’s 36.82km, the team totalled 161.64km in the week which will be divided evenly amongst participating members of the golf challenge.