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Non stop endurance walking for charity in Denmark

David MacAtinney plans an endurance walk around Denmark for charity this weekend. (Geoff Vivian)

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A Denmark man aims to walk for 48 hours non-stop this weekend to raise funds for Telethon.

“I’m walking around town, mainly up and down Strickland St in Denmark then for a break around the bridges, up to the caravan park and back,” David MacAtinney said.

“My partner used to run tea parties with her girlfriends to raise money for Telethon so I thought I would do it.

“I have the weekend off, I work part time for IGA in Denmark, so I thought ‘why not donate my time for telethon for kids?’”

Endurance walking veteran

Mr MacAtinney said he was no stranger to endurance walking, having set the world record of 154 hours and five minutes in 2005 with his friend Russel Fowler inside Fremantle Prison grounds.

They were part of a group of prison officers calling themselves the “Extreme Walkers”.

“I have done the Rabbit Proof Fence from Mogumber to Jigalong,” he said.

“We held the Bibbulmun track record for years, we walked the Pipeline from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie raising funds for Princess Margaret Hospital.

“Since then I have done it for the Cancer Council.”

Overcoming loss and grief

Mr MacAtinney said he had decided he needed a change when he lost his partner of 32 years in 2020.

“I worked in prisons all my life and gave that up, moved the dog to our holiday home in Denmark,” he said.

“I ran 32 half marathons in Denmark to finish on Valentine’s day so it was one of those things.

“All the planets lined up and I just did it. It gave me that closure.”

People wishing to donate to Telethon may visit telethon7.com.

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