Hopetoun's Easter Saturday visit from two marathon walkers

THE finish point is near for two Victorian men walking from Melbourne to the Mallee for motor neurone disease.

Tim Solly and Matt Sofoulis are due to arrive in Hopetoun on Easter Saturday.

Their 421-kilometre journey will end with the man who inspired it all: Tim’s uncle Darren Solly, who lost his battle with the disease in 2000.

He is buried at Hopetoun Cemetery; the pair will conclude the walk by visiting his grave.

A celebration will follow at Hopetoun Showground, from 3pm.

Darren’s mother June Solly has organised the party.

“We have two bands playing: the Dixiebeats and Chooker Williams and Mary Cummins from Ouyen,” she said.

“Tim and Matt are part of a band in Melbourne called Dirtland.

“They reckon they’re going to do a number or two, too.”

The entrance fee is a donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria.

The walkers had raised almost $30,000 by Wednesday.

Their target is $50,000.

Mrs Solly said  people had been fantastic.

“I would like to thank everybody who has donated and I hope as many as possible come on Saturday afternoon,” she said.

She said people could also donate online at https://createyourowneventmndvic.everydayhero.com/au/melb2mallee.

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