Sam Christina and Lynette Torrisi with Sam's original Walking for Cancer shirt.
Sam Christina and Lynette Torrisi with Sam's original Walking for Cancer shirt. DEIRDRE SMITH

Sam, 89, to walk 60km from Warwick to help beat cancer

LAST time Sam Cristina walked from Stanthorpe to Warwick to raise money for cancer charities, he was 80 years old.

But that was 10 years ago and now he's on the verge of 90.

But he's giving it another go, in his third Sam's Walk for a Cure to raise money for the Stanthorpe Cancer Support Group. While sections ranging from five kilometres are offered, Sam is planning to walk the whole 60kms.

Held in 2007, the first event took 12 hours, with stops for lunch and morning tea, while the second, two years later, saw the time winnowed down to 11 hours. This time, he's not looking at the clock 'I'm just going to do it'.

"I'm getting short in the teeth, it might be my last one,” he said.

The event will be held on Sunday, September 22 and the direction has been reversed, allowing walkers a triumphant entry into Stanthorpe.

"When we got to Warwick, there was no-one to welcome us,” Sam said.

Supporter Lynette Torrisi will be along too. A fitness instructor, Lynette has worked at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre for 23 years and, while she gets plenty of exercise, Sam is preparing with daily 5km walks around Stanthorpe and his Wednesday morning paper delivery run.

He had a knee operation several years ago and took the job shortly after so he could keep fit.

"I said when my knee gets better, I will do it again,” he said. "A lot of people reckon I'm mad.

"But you've got to get into something.”

In joining the prior event, Lynette had two goals, saying she wanted to walk to Warwick and climb Sydney Harbour Bridge by the time she was 50 years old.

"And I did both,” she said.

The walk starts in Warwick at 6am on Sunday, September 22 but Crisp's Coaches have donated a bus to take walkers from Stanthorpe.

For more contact Lynette on 0423 381 091 or see Facebook Warwick to Stanthorpe Walk-a-thon.