MORNINGTON Mermaids were tooted, cheered and clapped as they took part in the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk last week.
Setting off from Lilo Cafe, Mornington, at 11am, wearing masks and socially distanced, they walked along the Esplanade, through Mornington Park and down to the end of the pier, Sunday 26 September. They returned up Main Street to Barkly Street and home to the cafe for a “well-earned coffee”.
Organiser Jacky Howcroft said the walk raised more than $300 on the day boosting the online total to more than $2100.
“We dressed in different coloured tutus and took along our Mornington Mermaids Flag,” Ms Howcroft said.
“We were tooted, cheered and clapped on the way and brought smiles to the faces of young and old alike.”
Ms Howcroft said the group was excited to share in Olivia’s birthday – the singer/actor was born 26 September 1948 in Cambridge, UK – and grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatments.
“Our support crew took photos, made donations and gave us snacks to keep us going,” she said.
“There were a few tired feet at the end of our walk which took us almost two hours as we stopped to spread the word and collect donations, but we were pleased and proud of ourselves. We didn’t measure our route exactly, but it was over five kilometres.”