Walk 4 Wings 2013

Dontate to Wespac Rescue Helicopter Services through Every Day HeroMy Story

On the 31st March 2012 I fell from the sky and broke my spine in two places. I had taken off from the internationally popular paragliding site, Mt Borah, Manilla, NSW, Australia, flying a paraglider cross country. The crash occurred just north of Barraba, about 37kms out. The Wespac helicopter was called and I was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle where I received expert medical care.

I am so grateful I can walk and have to recovered so well. I would like to show my appreciation and give back.

In May 2013 I celebrated my ability to walk and do all the crazy things I love to do, by embarking on a journey that took a little more than two months to complete. I walked the Canning Stock Route, alone; 1657km of remote Western Australian desert. This is the first time anyone has done it alone and I started out on the track 14 months after breaking my back.

Thank you to those who walked with me, following my progress across the desert via www.canningwalker.com and for showing your support for Wespac Rescue Helicopter Service. Had I not been the beneficiary of this free community service, walking the Canning Stock Route may not have been possible. By supporting Wespac Rescue Helicopter Services we keep an accident response service in the air where it makes a real difference to the lives of ordinary people.



This is the link to the Official Fundraiser page, Every Day Hero. A total of $930 was raised. Every cent, less Every Day Hero commissions, went to Wespac Rescue Helicopter Services. No monies were awarded to me in any form. Thank you all for your generous support!

Donations Summary

Thank You Supporters!


Gave $50 07 Aug 2013

Hi Gaynor, I did the same thing but in Spain. Did they opperate. I'd love to hear your side. Cheers Tony Sandeberg 0413593054


Gave $50 06 Aug 2013

Kim - Artist

Gave $50 21 Jun 2013

Go my brave daughter & stay safe on your lonely quest!

Nir Eshed

Gave $100 17 Jun 2013

Live to fly, fly to live, follow u'r dreams & help them come true.

Steve P

Gave $50 02 May 2013

They are an invaluable service

Gavin Morris.

Gave $50 02 May 2013

Go Gaynor.


Gave $50 02 May 2013

Best of the luck with everything Gaynor! Live the dream!


Gave $100 30 Apr 2013


Gave $200 22 Apr 2013

Rex Shaw

Gave $50 21 Apr 2013


Gave $50 21 Apr 2013

Phil B

Gave $100 21 Apr 2013

Go Gaynor Go


Gave $30 31 Mar 2013

Your story is incredible and what you are doing is amazing


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The Canning Walker's Challenge for 2013

End of the CSR for Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker

Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked 1657km solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing on the 05 August 2013 in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna.

Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.

Many class this walk as unsupported, done in a similar way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976.

Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible.  For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own standards. Media interviews - TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines.


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