Tradesman’s epic trek Down Under

Roger Evans, from South Shore, is walking across Australia to raise money for the Ben Trend Get Involved Foundation
Roger Evans, from South Shore, is walking across Australia to raise money for the Ben Trend Get Involved Foundation
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A Blackpool tradesman is undertaking a 2,700-mile trek across Australia to raise funds for Fylde charity Ben Trend Get Involved.

Roger Evans, who turns 57 while Down Under, is walkthrough the centre of Australia, from Darwin in the Northern territory, to Southport in Southern Tasmania on his own.

Ben Trend Get Involved is a foundation set up in honour of Ben Trend, a popular Fylde rugby player who died tragically while on holiday with his wife in 2010.

Ben, 30, was an avid sports and fitness fan who ran marathons to fund-raise thousands of pounds for charity himself.

Roger, a long­time friend of the Trend family, is taking on the challenge to be the first recorded English person to walk across Australia since 1860.

This is not the first time Roger has undertaken such a task for the charity.

In 2013 he walked the Pennine Way, a 258-mile journey in 20 days, and last year he raised funds again by cycling the length of the country, from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Far from being apprehensive, Roger say she is excited.

The South Shore dad-of-two said: “You don’t get the opportunity to do things like this very often.”

He estimates the trek will take him seven months, and joked: “I’ve only got short legs”.

Roger left Blackpool for Australia at the end of last month.

His journey can be tracked by visiting www.facebook.com/rogwalksoz.

The Ben Trend foundation has already raised £85,000 to support young people in sport around Blackpool, such as Tiggers’ trampolining group for autistic youngsters.

To donate, visit www.bentrendgetinvolved.com