Come on get happy

Mikael Sayers (4)


Mikael, 40, who has lived with type 1 diabetes since she was 14, says participating in the Diabetes Queensland Happy Feet Bushwalk gave her the confidence to challenge herself with even bigger goals. Read about her life-changing experience in the Lamington National Park. 


We're going on a bushwalk. Would you like to come with us?


The Happy Feet Bushwalk is on Saturday 18 March 2017 in Lamington National Park. This guided 12km hiking challenge is a great way to experience bushwalking, while raising funds to support people living with diabetes.


Choose your own adventure: enjoy discounted accommodation at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, camp under the stars, or make it a day trip.


Mikael, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 14, took part in the fundraising bushwalk last year.


"After a particularly rough patch over Christmas where I'd hit as low as I could go with my patience and tolerance of living with type 1, I had a good run with my control.  I read about the walk and thought: Perfect! This is exactly what I need," Mikael said.


"I felt the need to do something good and decided that raising money for my own kind was absolutely the thing to do, despite having done little or no exercise in years."

Mikael said the walk was amazing.


"The weather was perfect and the ancient rainforest was stunning. The views across the escarpment and valleys were spectacular. Despite being very tired and sore, I would have done it all again the next day.


"Following the walk, I got the walking bug and my hub and I did the Thorsborne Trail Trek, which is a four day unassisted trek on Hinchinbrook Island," Mikael said.


"Without the walk with Diabetes Queensland, I wouldn't have had the confidence to adjust my insulin levels for that kind of activity in such a remote part of the world."


Would you like to have fun, meet new people and experience how great hiking can be? Then the Happy Feet Bushwalk is for you!


Click here to download the registration pack.


Thank you to Bushwalking Queensland and O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat for their ongoing support of this fun event. 


Looking for a different challenge?

  • Hike the Great Ocean Road Walkthis September - click here to learn more.
  • Sign up for the Great Brisbane Bike Ride in May - click here to learn more.
  • Organise your own challenge anytime throughout the year - contact the fundraising team on 1300 136 588 or at to discuss your ideas.


If you're looking for the motivation to improve and push yourself in 2017, and would like to support Queenslanders living with diabetes, give one of the Diabetes Queensland challenges a go.

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