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Donna Ditchfield

The March Charge (walk)

Sadly cancer still takes too many of us.

Research sees more people than ever survive but we've still a way to go. Please sponsor me today to support our challenge and join us in telling cancer where to go!

My March Activity Tracking

166
kms

My target 150kms

My Challenges

Setup a Fundraising page Changed Pic Shared Page Increased $ Target above $500
In a Team Self Donation Reached $ target Reached kms target

the final wrap............

Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way.........the final numbers are 164km and $5022 2nd top fundraiser and 2nd top fundraising team with $5566. Tom, Megan and Shez in my team.

To my big supporters who walked many kms with me in real life Al and Lois and to my virtual world who supported me and walked in her own home town in the USA Annie. Many kms at home alone too but the min was contantly thinking of family and friends who have been afffected by cancer.

I have learnt I can push myself harder then I thought........achieve things I didn't think possible.

Thankyou for the challenge Cancer Council.

Donna

final day..........

final day of the March Charge but not he final day to walk...........our walking will be continuing........... today we walked for Al who died a few years ago............ Also two survivors Gloria and Annie........... Annie is from Vashon Island USA...............she has walked with me and even dragged a friend along............ I will be back again in a few days to write again..........for now take care and if your here reading this I hope you have got active and thought about actually doing something for your health...............from little steps big things grow...........get moving.......... Donna

nearly there..............

Oh wow..............

I can't believe this month is nearly over.................

the sheep in the picture are for someone special......they know who they are........it was from my track on Tuesday.............

today I walked for some who have battled or are battling Beth and Craig

and some gone but never forgotten..........Lorraine and Theresa (friend mum)

I'm surrounded by friends tonight as we have 2 lots of vistors........lucky me.......

Goodnight

Donna

Ant power..............

I felt like this ant at the start of the month but at the start of the month I coud not have moved this ball as well as the ant............I have leanrt stuff about my self..........pushed boundaries and can do more then I thought..........I feel the ant power........now I could move that ball..........

So if you think you can't do this think again.............if you want to do something you can and you will.............you just have to start........from little things big things grow............

today we had 5 walkers in town...........and we walked for surviors and battlers Phil (work mate), Keryn, Lyndon, Nora and a yound mum taken to early Naomi......

Thankyou for all your support...............

Donna

 

oh what a day.............

Smashed it..............smashed the 150km goal..............

Up and out before the sun as usual..............did over 4kms this morning before work...........

My main walking buddy Al did just over 5kms with me this afternoon after work........our longest walk together but he knew I had the target in sight and a great support.........it was stinking hot and very sweaty.....but with both walks 9.5kms were ticked off.............150kms met.............

I had to hang around in town waiting for my boy so I went for another walk this evening and racked up over 3kms............

So 12.5kms today...........best day ever...........I can do this...........

Walking - today I walked for a friends Mum Bernadette, a second mother as a child Patricia (Pat), Andrew......

Donna

stepping out of my comfort zone...........

today has been a big one..........it was dam hot to start with........

It was a day promoting March Charge..............being interviewed...........OMG............I felt like I wanted to vomit waiting for them to arrive..........but once I got talking I relaxed......well I think I did a fair bit.......the jury is out on that..............

Not something I would do by choice at all but it is for the bigger cause and if it means someone gets moving, does a health check or they donate money and the research finds a cure or supports someone with cancer then it is so worth it............

we had a couple more join us walking today.........so good..........they kept up with our pace........and want to be more active..........the walking crew is definitely continuing on into the future.......yippee.......

today I walked for my cousins grandson Devon and the camera man who has beaten cancer (plus a couple he also mentioned). Sharon who has a big  final test week this week - gooduck and Sheryls Dad who died 19yrs ago............time may pass but you never forget..........

Thinking of Erics family as his funeral is tomorrow.........love to you all and sorry I cannot be there...........

7.5kms today.........if I can do 9.5 tomorrow I would hit 150kms.....thats under 2hrs of walking.......can I do it??????

Donna

 

new walk..........

I did another wallk last night 4kms.........so the tally as of last night was 127kms..............

I did a new walk this morning.......a long one since I didn't have to go to work..........the track was a bit minimal at times and quiet a bit had added cow hoof holes.......but  it was a lovely walk.........I was trying to work out how far when I started..........5kms or maybe only 4kms...........but it was actually 5.5kms and I felt great when I got back.........now all my joints are aching so I think it could be the weather.......

that 150kms goal is looking close........

Today I am walking for friends parents........Ken, Milton and Jane............

Donna

 

ripple............

the coolest sky this morning.........bit of a ripple effect.........that is a bit like the March Charge.........gettting people to get moving......who in turn get other family and friends moving and thinking about moving...............

2kms this morning......have to go for bigger one this arvo.........

Walking for Romas, Valerie and Patty today.........

nearly at $3000............would be good if I could get to $3910...........year Catherine's plus the year my father in law was born 1939...........Can I get there in the last week......only time will tell............

Donna

special friend........

Today I walked for my gorgeous friend Tanya..........Its 4 years now since she passed  on..........this photo was taken when I visited and gave her this quilt...........she loved it...........she was such a special person.........our friendship went way back to our childhood.........everyone loved Tanya..........

Sadly I walked for Eric again, he died this morning I HATE cancer.....sending lots of love to his family...........

We also walked for my walking budd Al's Mum and Leannes son..........

I did 3 walks today and my total was 8.2kms..............my previous daily total was 8km............

If you told me I would be doing this at the start of the month I would have said NO WAY.........it would not be possible..........so this month has been about pushing boundaries, walking several times a day and getting those tallies to add up..........the exercises that I had started back late January (well before I knew anything about March Charge) sure have made a difference to the knees now I have stepped up the walking........plus I am still adding in short workouts and a few longer ones........squats, step ups, wall sits, plus others but the difference is amazing in my knees......and then someone donates more money so I feel I need to do more km's to thank them..........

113 plus 8 today gives 121kms............so 29kms to go......

Donna

 

opps...........

bit of a disaster here.............see I was missing my trusty piece of paper.......A4 calendar sheet that had who I was walking for each day..........I realised it was missing last night...........but tonight after searching everywhere I checked the back pocket of the skirt I wore yesterday and found it...........in a million pieces and no chance of reading anything on it........... SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.......... I apologise if I miss saying I am walking with for someone special from here on in..........or maybe email and remind me.....I feel terrible.............I have recreated the list as best I could......... Today I am walking for relatives...........Gary, Leslie and Debbie.............And Eric who is right at the end of his battle.........resting peacefully..............Also a friend Carey again.......her husband was going to walk with us today but she was not well.......... I forgot to add Mim to my list for Tuesday...........a lovely old lady......... Ok off to bed soon.........pretty tired tonight............. Donna

Push Push............

Today was another hot steamy walk...........you know the one where your dripping when you finished........yesterday was terrible too........

I did 3kms after work and just made 3kms when I met my husband driving home.......I knew how long he might have been so it was good to push and see how far I could go and not have to worry about the return home...........

Today I walked for Tom and Geoff who have/are battling brain tumors...........

Sean who was just diagnosed with cancer and my bosses friend who was travelling around catching up with friends in between treatments........some days were good to travel and others not so good but she was doing it............

After tonight syncs I think it should be 107km so 43kms to go.............

A few more sponsors to thank tonight.......so more reasons to walk..........

Donna

Aiming high..........

A little late but I was to busy walking.............but it didn't take me long to decide I was not going for 120 but I was going to push hard and try for 150km total..........

With that decided Tues was big........I didn't 3kms before work....4km after work with my walking buddies and then 1km just on dark........OMG 8km total.............

I was walking for my friend Liz who left 3 gorgeous kids behind..........Ambrose, Julia's Dad and feeling pretty terrible as I am sure I walked for someone else too but the sheet is not with me tonight............

Donna

PS I remembered who it was I also walked for Mim today......

time to celebrate............

Huge thanks to all supporters.........your support has pushed me to push myself even more...........I have reached my walk goal today.............5kms walk this evening and hit I 93kms...........I am so excited.............

today I walked for Carolines parents who were farmers hence the farm pic of a couple of sheep in a dry paddock......hoping those stom clouds above will drop some rain..........

I also walked for Uncle Kevin..........

Would like to reach 120kms but OMG what if I could make it to 150km..........is there enough hours in daylight besides fulltime work to do this........I have 11 days left to find out......

Donna

Sunday Sunday...........

Today I walked for Rose who died a few years ago...........

Also walking for my friend Jo's friend who has just been diagnosed.........

 

The walking goal is nearly there.......can I beat it tomorrow...........

It says 90 but it is really 93kms (I had to choose multiples of 5)....... 

Dragged my friend Lea along with me again today and we hit 4kms.........that will  be about 88kms..........can I do 5km........we will see what the weather brings.............I sure hope so......

Donna

drizzle................

today needed a weather forecast before I headed out................forecast chance of drizzle.............hopefully not enough to really wet us.......it as cool but the breeze was warm so we braved it..........

My friend Lea walked with me today........she has sponsored me and we were walking for her Mum today.......also walked for my first friend to die from cancer Tate........maybe about 17 years ago.........left behind two gorgeous girls.......I'm quite sure she would be very proud of the girls now............

Also walked for my Dads cousin........Gwen died a few years ago very suddenly..........

Actualy both Tate and Gwen were very creative arty ladies..........

We were aiming for the set 3kms and did 4kms.......

Hope it is not raining in the morning to go again......

that walk goal is close in sight............with todays walk added to the tally there is about 10kms to go...........OMG I am excited...........

Donna

up hill and down dale.............

today I walked my friend Kerrys usual track...............it involves hills...........serious hills....something I just don't have.........I did 6.2kms just over an hour which I was very happy with considering I am so not used to hills...........the most I  have is the slight slope that comes out of the creek.............and it is just a slope.........

Anyway walking for my Friend Maree' dad and my other friends husband Greg.......both lost the battle..............

Fundraising going great thanks everyone............

Donna

no pic post

OMG over 1/2 way........woohoo........71kms so far

behind in posting............

yesterday I walked for Alvin and Dell...........

today I am walking for one of the first Mums I heard of dying from cancer Anne and Max.............

Gotta run busy day and walk must happen now........or it won't happen..........and that can't happen

Donna

thunder and lightning...........

thunder and lightning = not walking............so the day didn't start off to well.......not good when you need to clock up km's...............

but the weather gods were watcing and the rain cleared off when I finished work..........one of my walking buddies piked and one came with me today......... it was nice and cool and we made good pace for the walk.........I got 4kms done.......and still adding in a few exercises along the way...........

I forgot to say I had a new walking buddy yesterday........there could be 4 of us tomorrow..........

Today I walked for Lucas who is battling melanoma and an old work collegue Phil fighting life and the effects post cancer...........also walked for a past work collegue Linda who died a few years ago........

as of tonight I am up to 67kms..............so pumped and keen to keep walking........the fundraising $$$$ are adding up.........it is wonderful..........

Donna

stormy day..........

the pic is from the weekend........forgot to snap one today...........

I didn't get a walk in this moring but was planning one this afternoon...........the final decision was not made until I left work and the storms that were floating around had passed...........Just.............so I had a new walking buddy today.........we did 3.2kms which was great............

When I got home I went for another walk with a family member.........I ended up adding in another 2kms.......so 5 for the day..........I am way ahead of schedule which is great.........trying to do as much as I can.........

Walked for Paolo and Bette passed on and Therese and Lucy who are fighting..........go girls you can beat this........

Donna

measurements...........

This March Charge sure is a personal challenge for me.............thinking about people everyday who have died or who have battled or who are battling cancer keeps you thinking more.........

I'm a little behind in posting as I have been away and I can't post from my phone to this site it just does not seem to work for me..............

Friday I walked for my great grandfather Charles..........and 2 of my grandads siblings Alf and Millie.........

Sat I walked for Aunty Verl, Aunty Mary Judy and Rae. Rae was someone who worked tirelessly for cancer for years and years and years...........raising and distributing money in the name of cancer.........Sadly it took her.........sometimes the world seems so  wrong when so many good people are taken.............

Saturday was a massive day for me............I walked/ran 8kms in just over an hour.............can you believe....I'm till pinching myself.........the pic is from one of the walking tracks I was on........can you believe how facy these are with distances evem marked out on them..................AND the best part I could still walk later in the day...........this is such a huge thing for me.......

Sunday I was pumped..........but set out for 3kms and walked 4kms instead with my girlfriend................

Sunday I walked for Inge, Jim, Margy, Jeanie

Donna

9-3-17

Not much of a walk today sadly.............to many things happening before and after work so only 1km added to the total but just gone over 40kms so ahead of schedule but I want to keep it that way...............

Today I walked for to fighters Bob and a cousin Donna.....

the pic is an old one but it looks exactly the same right now...........dry........

Donna

go girl power...........

Survivors I am walking for today.............

go girls on International Women's Day

Sue, Leonie, Anne, Jo, Wendy

Donna

another day another km......

today i'm walking for Denise a friends mum and my friend Jules Mum..............both taken by cancer in the last few years.............

I had 3 walking partners in town yesterday.........its great to keep motivated and committing to each other to walk keeps us all on track............

Better health better chance of warding off some cancers..............

Donna

PS for some reason the creek pic from yesterday will not load at all..........

creek walk.............

Yesterday I walked 5.4kms  - the big creek loop.............

It was for my friends Dad................Dick died about 4.5 yrs ago............

Today walking for a survivor Ross.............

Pic won't load right now so will see if I can put it up later............

Donna

a dirt track..........

A little behind.......but I can only post from my computer on this site.................

Friday not only did I walk for my Nan but I also walked for Zek who is/has battle several cancers. Keep fighting Zek........

Saturday I walked for my friend Carrie who is fighting the fight now..............

The pic is one of my usualy walking tracks..............I had some lighting for entertainment.......don't worry it was way off in the distance..............

Donna

 

My Nan...........

Today she I am walking for me Nan............she died from pancreatic cancer back in 2003..........

The same cancer my sister died from............it's shit.........

thinking of upping the goal posts........

Surely I can raise more money to help find a cure............

Donna

great start...........

This was a photo from yesterday afternoon late walk...........been some great sunsets this week.............keep up the great support and the donations have been wonderful............

Seems the fitbit link may be behind a day so you can't see what I have done so far but I have done over 4kms today so far.........

 

Tomorrow 2nd I will be walking for Shirley...........she is fighting the fight as I type..........second round of chemo this week...........she's celebrating a big birthday tomorrow..........happy birthday Shirley............

Donna

roaring to go.............

the joggers got a wash on the weekend ready for tomorrow...........1st March.............when I last looked there were over 4000 people registered to walk/run for March Charge...........so I sure know I won't be on my own but I will be also walking with my team virtually.............thanks Shez and Tom for coming on board.............

1st March I will be walking for my my sister Catherine who is no longer with us and I will be walking for my FIL Gordon who is currently battling cancer for the 2nd time..........

Sadly every day I will be walking for friends/family who I have lost and also for my sponsors special person......to many lives have been lost to cancer so we need to fight harder for a cure........

Donna

 

 

 

 

thankyou supporters..........

Keep reading here thru the month as I will keep posting here updating my progress..............wow thanks to all those who have supported me so far........I just want March to start so those kms can start to show for my supporters...........

I have a friend in Victoria (her Mum is battling cancer) who will be walking with me daily and a new friend who has survived cancer walking with me 12400kms away in Washington yes the USA...........

THANKYOU...........

Pic the long shadows from this mornings walk.............

Donna

What have I done........

Ok so planning another walking track this morning............Saw the most amazing thing this morning..........perfectly clear sky..........a jet and jet stream travelling east caught the sun before it rose and was so special.........inspired me to do the loop.........not just a shorter walk that I was going to do........turns out it was 4kms..........knees hurting but thats nothing compared to cancer.......

Hope to find some sponsors this week...........this is really happening.......

Donna........

Why I want to walk.......

I am taking part in The March Charge with Cancer Council and telling cancer where to go!


I want to raise $1971 as that is the year my sister was born in who died from cancer just over 12 months ago far to young.
My FIL is now battling cancer. I have a few survivors but have lost too many friends and family to the big C.

I usually walk 1-2kms most mornings so this is going to be a challenge to get to 93kms (3kms/day) but I didn't want to make it too easy. March is already busy for me and the mornings are closing in with daylight savngs. I just walk in the paddocks on my own so no street lights to help me out. 


I hope you can support me along the way to my goals both walking and with donations.
 
Research sees more people than ever survive but we’ve still a way to go. And I need your help to beat cancer.
 
It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s nothing compared to those who experience cancer.
 
Please sponsor me today to support my challenge and join me in telling cancer where to go!
 
Your donation will help our local Cancer Council support those affected right now and fund world changing research to help more people survive.

My page picture is a usual view on my morning walk. Daybreak the best time of the day and every sunrise is different.
 
Thank you for your support.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$260

Annie Miksch

Thanks for doing this, Chooky!

$260

Sheryl Lindrea

This is for my Dad who was 60 when he passed away from lung cancer 19 years ago.

$200

Terry Duff

$150

Robert And Clair Miller

$119.60

Bernard Worrell

Hi Donna I think it's a great thing you are doing. Well done

$119.60

Peter Kennedy

I enjoy your farm photos and info.

$104

Alan Dodd

This is a great cause. Let's keep it going past April. Keep up the good work.

$104

Angela Yates

$104

Mickman Contracting

Good on you Chooky. I'm sure you'll nail it.

$104

Tracey Jung

Great effort Donna You are an inspiration Tracey

$104

Jules Baird

Donna I am very proud of you. You are not only raising money - you are changing your life. For Catherine and all our other loved family and friends - here and gone. Forever loved xxx

$104

Anonymous

Well done on an amazing job. Your sister would be very proud of you. For those of us that you have walked for and thought of - THANK YOU.

$104

Gordon & Pauline Ditchfield

Keep up the good work. Your efforts will be appreciated by thousands.

$104

Maria Goodwin

In memory of my father, Paolo Barbagallo, my SiL Bette, and in support of my 2 cousins Terese and Lucy who are fighting this disease at present. Thank you Donna xx

$104

Dale Harding

Good luck Chooky, look after those knees

$104

Veronica Underwood

Good on you Donna xx

$104

Ange & Dave Thompson

Donna wishing you all the very best in your March Charge. We are so impressed and proud of all your efforts, top stuff you go girl xx

$104

David Schneider

186, 186, 186! You know you can do it.

$100

Nea And Gordon Worrell

$100

Adrian And Gary

Great work!

$100

Lynda Snowden

I greatly admire what your are doing. You are awesome.

$100

Wokka, Erin & Percy

Congratulations Donna!! Amazing effort, we are very proud of you. Love Wokka, Erin & Percy

$100

Coonamble Quota Club

$100

Cathy Smith

$100

Gloria Murry

$100

Grays Auto

$93

Brian Ditchfield

$1 / Km. Chase your shadow.

$73.84

Susan Wild

For the year of Catherine's birth.

$65.52

Lynda Williams

Good on you Donna looks like you've reached your target and are beating all the other Donna's. Have fun!

$65.52

Jane Haycock's

Your awesome

$52

Lea Gant

Congratulations Chooky.. your doing a wonderful job! Will you walk for my mum too? Pancreatic cancer took her in 2000. Xx

$52

Fiona Robinson

Well done ..... great effort

$52

Elyte Stephens

Well done by you.

$52

The Lincoln Family

You are an inspiration dear Donna. Thank you for remembering our family.

$52

Nathan Harris

$52

Donna Ditchfield

Need to kick things off.........

$52

Judy Simcock

Good on you for doing this, I am a survivor, and also touched by many fighting Cancer

$52

Sue Palmer

Good luck Donna, I admire what your are doing, will be thinking of you.

$52

Kerrie Brill

Well done Donna - you are going great guns!!

$52

Craig Main

Good on you

$50

Lois Cain

$50

Carol Stanley

$50

Simone Harding

Well done Donna. What a wonderful thing to do, walking for those who have passed due to cancer.

$50

Bettina Robinson

Good luck xoxox

$50

Bill And Vicki Fisher

$50

Pat And Robin Williams

$50

Sue Armstrong

Well done Donna. It's a great cause and close to your heart. Hugs, Sue

$50

Sonia Bowers

You got this! Thankyou!

$50

Deb Ibbott

Great effort and enjoy the morning sunrise over the mountains. xo

$40

Kylie Harvey

Go Donna!

$31.20

Katherine Palma

$31.20

Michelle Williams

Go Girl Go

$31.20

Jenny Morris

$31.20

Raewyn Barge

Good Luck Donna!!!

$30

Wendy Jackson

$26

Emily Messner

Good Luck Donna! Happy Walking!

$26

Marilyn Pratley

Good luck Donna - hope you make your Target

$22

Michelle Ridgway

$20.80

Julie Gibbs

for Fiona, my SIL who passed away from leukaemia in 2010

$20.80

Jan Dwyer

Good luck, Donna, and good on you for doing this. We have all lost far too many precious people to various forms of this hideous disease. I'll be thinking of you as you walk along. Xx

$20.80

Anita Jenkins

Good Luck

$20.80

Inca Turton

Thank you Chooky, much appreciate your challenge.

$20.80

Lee O'connor

Good on you Donna. Will we walking with you in spirit. Hope we get good weather!

$20.80

Andrea Clarke

Good Luck Donna

$20.80

Anonymous

Wishing you all the best in achieving your goal and also for family and friends going through treatments for cancer. Donations help with progress in treatments and positive outcomes. I came to this through craft blogs I enjoy reading and being inspired by so thank you and all the best. Jude

$20.80

Caroline Low

Congratulations on your awesome effort "Chooky", my donation is in memory of my Mum and Dad, who were farmers too. Your blog keeps me a little connected to the land after we sold their farm.

$20.80

Maria Wilson

$20

Hazel Jackson

$20

Alison Kennedy

$20

Sheryl Scholte

Go for it Chooky,such an awesome thing for you to do,luv you heaps ,you are one of the most inspiring chicks i know.xxxx

$15

Georgia Ditchfield

$10.40

Julia Camilleri

Well done Chooky...great cause. Julia.

$10.30

Rodney Pitman

$10

Pamela Robinson

$10

Work Coin Jar

$10

Renee Leonard

$10

Monica Mccoll

Well done, sadly we lost a family member to pancreatic cancer at too young an age. Kind regards & best wishes.

$5.20

Emily Stevens

I'm a blog reader. Really good on ya!

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