Wilson Warriors fearless

29 Sep 2021

By Robert Muir, Yarrawonga Chronicle

A group of eight Yarrawonga residents will have each walked 150 km for the month of September to raise money towards research into a cure for Ulcerative colitis.

They refer to the cause as the ‘Live Fearless Challenge’ as related to Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases.

“In August, I registered us as ‘Wilson Warriors’ and our target for the month is 150 kms,” Leah Wilson told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “We’ve raised $3,573 so far.”

That was before their first walk to Mulwala last Friday. “We have walked to Bundalong but otherwise it’s within Yarrawonga,” 26-year-old Sacred Heart College teacher Mrs Wilson said.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. It’s a serious chronic illness with no known cause or cure.

Kait Ackerly, Emma Grant, Shanelle Blachford and Tayla McPhail, together with Leah and Chris Wilson, Annie Wilson and Jake Stevenson are the eight walkers in the Wilson Warrior team.

Mrs Wilson contracted Ulcerative colitis in June last year and wanted to become involved in what she said was “an unknown illness”. 

“I want to raise more awareness of it and help raise money for more research into it,” she said. “Hopefully one day there will be a cure.” 

Efforts like Leah’s can only help.

Original source here.