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Bronwyn and her friends are self-funding their Camino Trek adventure, with all proceeds raised from this campaign donated directly to lung transplant research.

Bronwyn has seen first-hand how research can make a difference to patients and their carers, during her 20 plus year career in working in lung transplantation at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Many of the innovations and improvements the transplant team have made to patient management and care over the past 15 years have been as a direct result of successful clinical studies conducted in the clinics and laboratory, and then applied directly to patient care at the bed-side and beyond. Without the generous support of donations from sponsors, and the amazing transplant patients who participate in these projects, such clinical research would not be possible.

The Alfred’s Lung Transplant team continue to look for new ways to improve both the short and long term survival and quality of life for all patients and better ways support their carers. Sponsoring Bronwyn and ‘LOL’ friends as they trek 250km along the Portuguese coast and onto Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain will help support new the new and innovative research projects the transplant team are currently undertaking.

Trip Overview

Wandering the World escorted 15-day, 250 kilometre pilgrimage known as the Portuguese Coastal Way or Camino da Costa. Starting from Porto, it is a stunning walk through seaside towns and villages of northern Portugal and the beautiful countryside of Spain, en route to Santiago de Compostela. Portugal emerged as a country in 1143, and is steeped in history. From the mid-12th century, the way of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has been a feature on the paths and roads across Portugal. This route was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271 – 1336) to make at least one pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The hospitality offered to pilgrims started in the middle-ages by monks and clergymen, still continues today along the less travelled Portuguese Way (‘the friendly Camino’) where all villages and towns participate with their generosity and warm welcome.

The route heading north through rural areas, along the Atlantic coast has the sun on your back all the way to Santiago, with farmhouses, forests, rolling hills and cobbled stone paths a feature of the journey. Walking the Camino is a time for reflection and recognition and a time to shake your worries for another time and place. It provides thinking time to crystalise the ‘where to from here’, or if you prefer, don’t bother thinking at all. Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Porto and follows a beautiful landscape of beaches and dunes. The route will take you through charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing to Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages, go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino. View tour website