Presidential Nominee Merrilyn Chadwick of the Rotary Club of Rochdale challenged herself to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge during her recent holiday in Australia. Now in her 75th year, Merrilyn wanted to beyond her comfort zone and decided to use this momentous event to raise funds for the End Polio Now campaign.
Sydney Harbour Bridge has 1,320 steps so it seemed appropriate to link the climb with the 1240 Challenge as the numbers were similar and to setting a fund-raising target of £1,240
On the day, apart from the four sets of steep steps on and off the main arch of the bridge, Merrilyn, who only has sight in one eye, didnt feel worried by the climb, which took place in nice, clear weather, allowing for great views across Sydney and beyond.
Merrilyn was overwhelmed by the messages of congratulations she received afterwards on social media, including ones from District Governor Patrick and RGBI President Donna Wallbank.
And the good news is that with money still coming in, Merrilyn has beaten her sponsorship target, which of course will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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