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NSW stock agent to walk 130km for leukaemia research

Terry Sim, September 19, 2022

 

Stock agent David Hill in training.

NEW South Wales stock agent David Hill will extend his health kick another 130 kilometres next month for leukaemia research.

For three days from 21 October, the Albury-based Elders sub-agent will walk 130 kilometres from Albury to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales in memory of his great niece Billie Grace Richards.

“That’s why the walk is pretty important to me,” Mr Hill said.

Billie Grace was just three years old when she lost her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and a severe blood infection three days after her diagnosis on 23 October last year.

Mr Hill has already raised about $65,000, including $20,000 from his company, David Hill livestock & Marketing, that started the appeal.

“Our aim is to raise over $100,000, which we will smash.”

Ten thousands flyers will be distributed at the Henty Machinery Field Days this week and local communites. He said donations will fund research that might prevent other families having to suffer the losses his family has.

On 12th of April 2021, Mr Hill weighed 164kg and he is down to 113kg now – his weight in his early 30s — and he is walking 125-130 kilometres a week.

“So I think I can get it done.

“I’ve got a masseur and an ice bath coming with us, so we’ve got it all covered.”

Mr Hill and his support team will wear t-shirts dyed in Billie Grace’s favourite colour – purple. He said the desire to spend more time with his grandkids motivated him to improve his health, believing if he didn’t he might not be around much longer to enjoy them.

“I’m 58 years old and I’ve got a couple more years left …I’m not going to be one of those who wants to hang around and hang around.

“I want to spend time with my grandkids and my family,” he said.

“As you get older you understand why it is more important.

“I’ve got two grandkids, but my daughter also lost a bub five years ago,” Mr Hill.

“So we don’t want to lose any more.”

Mr Hill said he started his health kick well before he made the decision to undertake the walk.

“This has given me more of an impetus to do what I want to do.”

Mr Hill said he expected most people in the farming community – farmers, stock agents, buyers and the truck drivers – to be supportive of the fund-raising.

“We are going to raise a lot of money for the Leukaemia Foundation, so hopefully we can find a cure and parents don’t have to go through what Daniel and Tianna are going through.”

Click here to go to the walk’s Facebook page, here to go to fundraise.leukaemia.org or click here to access the walk’s flyer and QR code for donating.

Mr Hill’s charity walk will start at QEII Square, 538 Dean St, Albury at 6.30am on Friday 21 October and end at Wollundry Lagoon in Wagga Wagga at about 4pm on 23 October.

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