ACTOR Laurence Coy will be one of the new faces when a walk of healing and hope returns to the Central Tablelands next month.
Sydney teacher Patrick O’Shea staged the inaugural Paddy’s Pub to Pub Tour last year to remember his wife Michelle Hanrahan, who passed away in 2015, and to raise money for the Love Your Sister charity.
The charity was created by actor Samuel Johnson and his sister Connie Johnson – a mother of two who fought breast cancer for years before passing away last year - to encourage Australian women to have their breasts checked.
Because Mr O’Shea’s late wife was a Central Tablelands girl, he walked the villages she and her family knew well, staying along the way.
And now he’s making plans to come back – with the original walkers and some additions.
“Our aim is to embrace each other and those on the way; reflect on the gift of the lives we remember and honour; to raise some funds for Love Your Sister and cancer research and have a memorable time across the Central West which welcomed us so warmly last year,” Mr O’Shea said.
Mr Coy will be joining the walk after recently losing his mother.
The Paddys Pub to Pub 2 - The You’ll Never Walk Alone Tour will feature about six hours of walking a day from around 9am to 3pm, according to Mr O’Shea.
Walkers will travel to Oberon to establish base camp on Monday, October 8 and stay overnight at the Royal Hotel before driving to Black Springs the next day and walking back to Oberon.
Participants will walk from Oberon to O’Connell on Wednesday, October 10 and stay overnight at the O’Connell Hotel and walk from O’Connell to Bathurst the next day and stay overnight at Jack Duggans Hotel.
Walkers will drive to Sydney on Friday, October 12 and walk from the North Bondi RSL at 2pm to the Clovelly Hotel.
Mr O’Shea said donations this year can be made direct to Love Your Sister.
Last year’s event raised almost $8500 for the charity.
Visit the Paddys Pub To Pub Tour Facebook page for more information on the event and the items, including a signed and framed Roosters jersey to be presented by Victor Radley and a Gray Nicolls cricket bat autographed by Sir Ian Botham, that are being raffled.
The walk will be undertaken after the recent launch of the Michelle Hanrahan Award For Outstanding Contribution to Allied Health at Prince of Wales Hospital, where Ms Hanrahan was the head of occupational therapy.