Sunshine Coaster takes out state and national walking awards
  • Friday 13 November 2015
Left to right Cr McKay, Helen Weil, Mayor Jamieson and Cr Baberowski

The National Heart Foundation of Australia has presented the National and Queensland 2015 Golden Shoe Awards to Heart Foundation Walking member Helen Weil of Mooloolah Walkers.

Mayor Mark Jamieson today congratulated Helen on her award winning achievements.

“Helen has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community and has made a significant impact on the Mooloolah walking group,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“These awards recognise people for going above and beyond the expectations of their roles in Heart Foundation Walking and it is individuals like Helen that make the Sunshine Coast the special place it is.

“Council recently endorsed the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy which highlights the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle as it improves the overall liveability of our region.

“Programs such as Heart Foundation Walking contribute to the health and wellbeing of the region.”

Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines said making the decision to participate in Heart Foundation Walking groups was the first step in becoming more active.

“The Golden Shoe Award winners have taken further steps to assist members improve their health through walking,” Stephen Vines said.

“These awards are a great way to recognise and congratulate individuals who have shown support and dedication to members of their community and taken extra steps to assist in optimising health through walking.

“The awards also recognise individual walkers who have achieved significant milestones, made positive changes to improving their health through walking, or who have encouraged and supported fellow walkers.

“Helen has been awarded both the Queensland and National Walker Awards which is a tremendous honour for her and her community.

“She is a wonderful role model for the power of walking.”

Heart Foundation Walking Coordinator for Mooloolah Walkers Anne Hicks said she nominated Helen   for the Golden Shoe Awards because she was an inspiration to her walking group.

“Helen has been walking with our group since its inception in 2004 and has overcome multiple back and leg problems - always returning to her walking as soon as possible,” she said.

“She is incredible. She motivates her fellow walkers to exercise and walk regularly and gives up her time to submit articles to her local newspaper to promote the benefits of exercising,” Anne said.

Helen said she was honoured to be recognised for her efforts in the community.

“I have certainly had my health challenges but since I have been involved in the Heart Foundation Walking Mooloolah group my life has changed for the better,” she said.

“Not only do you benefit from improvements in your health but you also make life-long friendships. I would certainly recommend anyone looking to get active to consider Heart Foundation Walking.”

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking network and provides a simple, safe way to stay active.

With 1400 groups around Australia, there’s probably a Heart Foundation Walking group near you.

To join a walking group or to start one of your own in your area, visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au or call 1300 362 787.

Heart Foundation Walking is funded nationally by the Medibank Community Fund. It is also proudly funded by the Queensland Government and the ACT Government through ACT Health.