Encounter Bay Strollers walking group have celebrated 10 years of strolling

Organising, growing and maintaining a group is no easy-feat, however, for Kevin Rucioch this is exactly what he has managed to achieve with the Encounter Bay Walkers, Heart Foundation walking group, recently hitting the ten year and 30+ member milestones.

Encounter Bay Walkers: Kevin Rucioch with a number of the other Encounter Bay Walkers who love getting out for their weekly walks. The walks take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Encounter Bay Walkers: Kevin Rucioch with a number of the other Encounter Bay Walkers who love getting out for their weekly walks. The walks take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

After joining the group to help support his wife Sue, who was already a member, Kevin soon found himself taking over the group with his wife having to withdraw from the group due to health issues.

With a constantly changing array of members, the group currently consists of 30 women and two men, including Kevin.

Kevin said one of the best parts of the group was the social aspect and how it has helped people meet, many of the women now get together and go to the movies.

While for him personally it was great because it had kept him walking when his wife was no longer able to.

Walking every Monday and Wednesday at 9:00am and Friday 9:30am, the group leave and return from Barker Reserve, opposite the Council Chambers.

With a scenic flat walk through Kent Reserve and along the ocean side on Franklin Parade to just beyond Yilki, they then return for a social coffee at ‘Chat & Chino’. The route is a total of 5 km, 2.5 km each way.

Each walker is free to come and go from the group as they please and different members walk however often suits them.

“Anybody that comes that is interested in walking is most welcome, we do three a week but you don’t have to do all of them,” he said. 

Kevin himself is at nearly every walk, having missed very few over the last 10 years.

Heart Foundation Walking Groups exist to encourage people to become more active and have a positive impact on their health.

According to the Heart Foundation physical activity/walking helps to:

  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Manage weight, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Prevent and control diabetes
  • Reduce your risk of developing some cancers
  • Maintain your bone density
  • Improve balance and coordination

Sign up is free, to get involved call Kevin on 08 8552 5063.