Mark Shelton’s walk smashes $10k fundraising goal

Walking towards Kings Meadows with grandson Evan.

Tasmania’s Police Minister Mark Shelton was sporting blisters and a smile having exceeded his hope of raising $10,000 for state-wide disability service, St.Giles.

Walking the final leg from Granton to Hobart’s Gant Street on Monday, the minister was joined by his family as they were greeted by staff from the organisation.

Upon arriving Mr Shelton was grateful to have finally reached his goal slightly ahead of schedule.

Heading south at Dawn on Friday.

“I think I forgot how much it really hurt. I’m not a marathon man,’’ he said.

Mr Shelton chose St.Giles to benefit from his effort because the service has provided therapy for his grandson, Evan, since birth.

Evan, who is 9, attends Bracknell Primary School, in the State’s North and has Down syndrome.

“St.Giles has helped him learn that he belongs,’’ Mr Shelton said.

Leaving Granton on Monday morning.

Mr Shelton said he hoped his pain memory faded quickly, before his body no longer had the capacity to complete another trek.

St.Giles Chief Development Officer Nic Stephen the significant donation would be put to work.

“Our team is targeting the Minister’s funds towards a specialist project to support young Tasmanians with Down syndrome,’’ Mr Stephen said

“This is a fabulous start to ’21. Last year was arduous. Our occupational therapy team is excited to be able to develop something extra for young people with Down syndrome using this awesome donation.’’

Mr Shelton with his grandchildren walking down Gant Street in Hobart on Monday.

Donations remain open via the Just Giving link.