Support Papou Chris’ ‘marathon walk’ and help him make a difference
Greek-Australian grandfather, Chris Tsalikis is preparing to walk the distance in September, to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
The 82-year-old from East Brighton plans to walk 180 kilometers in 10 days, connecting to all major hospitals in Melbourne.
From September 20-29, he will leave a major Melbourne hospital and walk home each day with the aim of raising $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and world-class breast cancer research. He says he wants to make a difference in the many lives affected by this disease.
“It may seem like a lot, 180 kilometres, but if you like what you’re doing, it’s not that bad. And I hope I can inspire some older people who sit and watch TV to take a few steps.
“I’ve been a very active person, most of my life. I have been playing tennis for about 40 years. But now my legs are failing me. So I just walked.
For a year and a half, Tsalikis has been walking at least five days a week. “I traveled an average of 15, sometimes up to 20, 24 kilometers per day. I appreciate. I love it. So I thought instead of doing this for fun, why not do it for a good cause? Why not raise funds for this organization, since my daughter had the unfortunate diagnosis five years ago. Fortunately, she is fine now.
Mr. Tsalikis adds that he felt it was time for him to give something back to the community. “I’ve never done anything like this before. Now I can. I no longer have any financial obligation or commitment to anyone.
Will you walk even if it rains? we ask him.
“If it rains, I will enjoy it even more. I like to feel the rain falling on me,” he laughs.
The campaign will end with the exhibition of sculptures “Morphe”
Once he has completed his ten-day “marathon” trek, Chris Tsalikis, along with artist Anastasia Nikakis, will showcase their work in the “Morphe” sculpture exhibition. A portion of their proceeds will be donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research and Wellness Foundation.
The opening of the exhibition on the first weekend of October marks the start of the international breast cancer awareness campaign which takes place every year that month.
Woodcarving is Chris Tsalikis’ other great passion. Every day, when he returns from his walk, he goes to his garage and works on his sculptures.
“It keeps me alive, it keeps me healthy. I don’t even know what wood I’m using. Anything I find on my walks that I like, I bring home and work on it.
Chris Tsalikis’ life, after all, has been artistic since he was young. He emigrated with his family to Australia from Kozani in 1954, when he was 15 years old. In his youth, he attended drama school for nine years and participated in three films by cinematographer Georgio Mangiamelli.
In fact, one of Mangiamelli’s films, “Clay”, represented Australia at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965, which Tsalikis attended with many Hollywood stars of the time.
If he later gives up acting, the plot of “Clay” will encourage him to take an interest in art, and in particular ceramics, for many years before turning to sculpture, what he is doing today.
His message for our readers? “Live each day without worrying about tomorrow. Go outside. Breathe in some fresh air and take a few steps. It will do you good. And then maybe your steps will become a few miles…”
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body that funds groundbreaking breast cancer research with funds raised entirely by the Australian public.
Every donation, big or small, will help Chris Tsalikis achieve his goal.