The story of Deborah De Williams’ inspiring run around Australia (18,000 km) with her dog Maggie is a travel story with a difference. She has seen the sights of this country at a slightly different pace than most, and all in the name of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer with a world record to boot.
De Williams is a breast cancer survivor herself and in 2011, was announced the Tasmanian Australia of the Year. In this book we travel with her pink crew around and through the heart of Australia – the cities, outback and small country towns. It is a reminder of how many lives are touched by the disease that strikes 1.3 million women globally each year. She meets a lot of interesting and everyday folk along the way, each with their own story to tell. For me, this was the highlight of the book which at times became a bit bogged down in mundane details. However, one can’t help but applaud this courageous woman’s determination to make a difference.
My rating: ★★