Scooter passes through Gympie

CZECH-born Vratka Pokorna is pushing a scooter 4300 kilometres from Port Douglas to Melbourne to raise money for Save the Children.

She came through Gympie on the weekend, setting off for Cooran on Saturday.

Today she will reach Caloundra with about 2500 kilometres to go.

The 45 year old set off on her fundraising “push” in Port Douglas on July 2 and plans to take five months to reach her home city of Melbourne. Averaging 35-40km a day, she aims to reach Melbourne on December 3.

Ms Pokorna said she loved to travel and had been lucky enough to see many parts of the world, including India, Tonga and Vietnam, where she saw poverty.

“I felt a deep sense of compassion and empathy with the people I met,” she said.

“The choice of the push scooter as a mode of transportation is to capture the attention and imagination of audiences across Australia, and the world. Almost anyone, adult or child, can use a push scooter but no female has travelled across a continent on one.”

Save the Children CEO Suzanne Dvorak said there had been a lot of innovative ways people had raised money to support the charity in its often lifesaving work, but this was one of the more inspirational challenges.

Track Vratka’s progress via her website at www.unitedsoles.com.

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