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Mates go feet first for fire victims
Friends Nick Noel, Joe Sgambelluri, Danny Connolly, James Leiper, Liam Connolly and Erik Van Ryssen. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Two brothers who lost their family holiday home in last year's Margaret River bushfires have banded together a group of friends to make a 300km walk and raise funds for future disaster appeals.

Danny and Liam Connolly, along with six mates, have founded the Perth to Surf fundraiser with the goal of developing an annual event to raise money for local charities and causes.

The event has gained the support of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and funds raised will be distributed through the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund.

The men will leave Kings Park on Thursday week and hope to walk the 300km to Margaret River by the following Sunday. Danny Connolly said seeing the devastating effect of last year's bushfires on the Margaret River community was what inspired the group to raise money.

The group members were already reasonably fit but they still anticipated some "physical and mental anguish".

Three group members will walk at a time in eight-hour shifts, day and night.

Mrs Scaffidi said she was impressed by the community spirit and commitment shown by the group of walkers.

"I think these guys typify how our community so often just kicks into gear to make a difference," she said. Donations can be made at <a rel="nofollow" href=""> </a>.

The West Australian

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