Kieran Fallon – walking 1000km for Moon Bears

Posted on October 17, 2007 by



Ex  Westfield doctor, Kieran Fallon is walking 1000km fo moon bears around Canberra at the moment.

Original story 

Hundreds of miles for thousands of bears

Moon Bear Marathon 5
   
The Coordinator of the Animals Asia Foundation ACT Support Group, Associate Professor Kieran Fallon, departed on a 1,000km walk around Canberra on 22 September to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation’s Moon Bear Rescue. Associate Professor Kieran Fallon set off from the steps of Old Parliament House.

“Our dedicated volunteers have already held four successful “Moon Bear Marathons”, which have raised over $70,000 for the bears but this latest walk is the longest ever undertaken,” said Associate Professor Fallon who is aiming to walk up to the marathon distance, 42.2km, every day for 30 days.

In addition to being a dedicated advocate for China’s tortured bears, Kieran Fallon is also Head of Sports Medicine at the Australian Institute of Sport and teaches in the Faculty of Medicine at the Australian National University

The event, started by Mrs Sue Gage, President of the ACT branch of the RSPCA, attracted local media coverage and over 20 supporters walking with Kieran in the first week. One such supporter in attendance was Michael Milton, one of Kieran’s patients, who now holds the world record for downhill speed skiing on one leg (due to a childhood illness) at 213km/hr!!! He also has multiple para-olympic gold medals for skiing, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and walked the Kokoda track on one leg – showing that there is life after losing a limb and always time to support our Moon Bears.

Supporters are welcome to walk with Kieran at any time during the 1,000km walk. For information on his whereabouts on any day of the walk or to participate, call him on 0417 222 703 for a Sponsorship Form or to donate.

On the final day, Sunday, 21 October, the ACT Support Group will hold its annual Walk for the Bears, where supporters can join Kieran for as long as they wish. Mr Bill Stefaniak, Leader of the Opposition in the ACT will open this section of the walk. The course for this walk is flat and the 4.9km loop involves Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, King’s Avenue Bridge and the lake foreshores in-between. The start time is 10am at the front of Old Parliament House, email Sue and Kieran Fallon on
suefallon@bigpond.com.au