26 September 2023

Momentum is building for this weekend's Conquer the Corrugations walk

| Matt Nicholls
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The inaugural Conquer the Corrugations walk in East Arnhem Land earlier this month was a huge success and there will be another strong turnout for this weekend’s two-day walk in Cape York.

IT’S been eight years since Conquer the Corrugations began in earnest, yet founder and organiser Emma Jackson says she still has the passion and energy to drive the event – a two-day, 42km walk along the Peninsula Developmental Road between Coen and the Archer River Roadhouse.

“It does take a lot to pull this together and we’ve grown in just about every year,” she said.

“But my motto is that if we’re helping someone to help themselves, then it’s all worth it.”

Conquer the Corrugations is a free event and not a fundraiser. It’s simply an opportunity for people to challenge themselves by doing something out of their comfort zone and to talk about life’s challenges with like-minded people.

The walk was inspired following the suicide of Ms Jackson’s nephew, Dillon, who was also the inspiration for the Talk About It Tuesday movement.

Conquer also grew interstate this year, with walks staged outside of the Cape for the first time.

A Victorian event was held earlier in the year, while a walk in East Arnhem Land was a hit earlier this month.

“They were both great in their own different ways and I’d love to see a Conquer in every state eventually,” Ms Jackson said.

“If you come with the right attitude you can get so much out of it. This year we’ll have 27 staff from Queensland Health at 28 Mile Lagoon (the hub for Conquer) who will be able to offer assistance.”

See the Conquer the Corrugations website or social media channels for more information.

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