Walk for Wilai

In September 2017 Fr Jim Carty (78) walked an incredible 740 Km on the first ‘Walk for Wilai’ to raise money for the Wilai Foundation Ltd,  on the Camino in France.  This outstanding effort by Fr Jim has inspired us to launch the Walk for Wilai 2020, journeying on the Australian Camino.

If you have ever wanted to walk the Camino in Spain or France and it has always seemed out of reach – now you have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful community of people from varying faith backgrounds and walk the Camino on Australian soil, close to home!

The Walk for Wilai will follow the Australian Camino, from Portland, VIC, to Penola, SA.  These two towns connect two significant places in the life of Saint Mary MacKillop, our Australian Saint. The first few days will include clifftop and beach walks, as we follow the coastline from Portland to Port MacDonnell, then inland and north to Penola via Mt Gambier.  The Walk for Wilai will measure over 200 km, averaging a daily walk of 20 km.


Your pilgrimage will be a time of physical challenge and personal growth, community, bonding and sharing and with each step, you will also be assisting Wilai and our sponsored girls with a future that offers hope, love, care and a place they can call home.


Thursday 23 Sep

BUS From Geelong to Portland

Friday 24 Sep

Portland to Cape Nelson Lighthouse

Saturday 25 Sep

Cape Nelson Lighthouse to Cape Bridgewater

Sunday 26 Sep

Cape Bridgewater to Bridgewater Lakes

Monday 27 Sep

Lake Mombeong to Nelson

Tuesday 28 Sep

Nelson to Port Macdonnell

Wednes 29 Sep

Port Macdonnell to Mount Gambier

Thursday 30 Sep

Mt Gambier to Tarpeena

Friday 1 Oct

Tarpeena to Penola

Saturday 2 Oct

CELEBRATE Rest and debrief

Sunday 3 Oct

BUS Mount Gambier to Geelong

Alternate Ways to Participate

There are a range of options for involvement that don’t involve
Registering as a Pilgrim and walking the 200+ km!
Here’s how:

Enter as a team and alternate walkers (either throughout the day, or day-about).
{Limited places exist for teams. Talk to us about how this could work for you!}
Volunteer… You can find further information here.
Be part of it by offering your support through encouragement, sponsorship and donations for each pilgrim.  Each pilgrim will carry the name of their sponsors with them on the pilgrimage.  So you will be a valued part of the event. [See our sponsorship page for more details].

Places are LIMITED!

How will the money raised be used?

All funds raised by the Walk for Wilai will directly benefit Wilai and other girls who are orphaned and stateless and sponsored by the Wilai Foundation. While most registered charities of this nature focus on taking care of the village, we at the Wilai Foundation are taking a different approach: we seek to be the village for Wilai and other stateless, orphaned girls in Thailand and Myanmar. The provision of support to such girls is our principal purpose.

Such support includes assisting them to enjoy fully their human rights  including the right to an identity, education, health, an adequate standard of living, family life and freedom of movement, as well as financial and emotional support until they are of the age of independence and enjoying quality of life. As we work to achieve our primary purpose, funds will also go towards fulfilling all objects of the Wilai Foundation: acting as advocates for stateless, orphaned girls who, unlike refugees and internally displaced people, generally do not benefit from the protection and assistance of governments, aid agencies and the UN, despite the latter’s mandate over stateless persons.