ANNA USHER: The Kearns family is recognised as being among our most physically fit community members. How did you all stay active during lockdown?
Exercise is naturally integrated in our lives, so although it was an adjustment during the lockdown, we all did what we could at home – and locally – to stay safe and adhere to the Government advice.
ANNA USHER: Does Awaba St still challenge you?
Awaba Street will always challenge me – it never gets easy! The Awaba Street hill isn’t just a physical challenge – it also challenges me mentally, to think what more can I, and we as a community be doing to help Humpty assist kids in hospitals. I walked up Awaba today in fact and I’m not sure who was puffing more, me or my dog Oliver!
ANNA USHER: Is there a Balmoral Burn memory that has stuck with you?
Over 19 years there’s been so many humbling memories and moments that make the event so special. In 2009, we introduced the Para Burn event. Now anyone that has walked or run up Awaba Street knows how hard it is – so to see some of Australia’s greatest para-Olympians like Kurt Fearnley AO and some of our upcoming Australian stars like 9-year-old Brydi Saul and 13-year-old Cormac Ryan do it in a wheelchair, are moments that I will never forget.
Last year was a milestone for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Junior Ambassador, Lauren Channon who, after over 130 operations in her short 11 years, took to the Awaba Street hill for the first time. She did it together with Humpty’s Patron Ray Martin AM – the first year he has ever done it!