Back in 2015 Joshua selflessly pushed himself to the limits to help people who are homeless in his hometown of Mareeba. He spent three days pushing a wheelbarrow 140km to help raise funds for the Rosies Mareeba branch. This year his ‘little’ brother Jake takes on the challenge with the objective to help the local Rosies branch by beating Josh’s time and target.

Jake is a student at St. Stephen’s Catholic College in Mareeba and he is raising awareness and funds for Rosies in Mareeba.

Day 1: Chillagoe – Almaden 35 kms

Day 2: Almaden – Dimbulah 65 kms

Day 3: Dimbulah – Mareeba 44 kms







Firstly, all funds raised go directly to Rosies, a charity associated with the Catholic church, Mareeba. The entry fee and any other expenses incurred are paid by the runner from his part-time job at Piagnos Newsagency, a “Rosies Runner” supporter. If it was easy, everyone would do it. 140 kms.

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About The Great Wheelbarrow Race

Late in the 1800’s when work was scarce and transportation was limited, miners often used to travel about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all of their possessions. In 2004, as a tribute to these early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way.  Today, the Wheelbarrow Way traverses this same country and follows a similar path close to the railway line which was originally privately owned but has since been incorporated into the state rail system. The line was originally used to ship material from the Chillagoe smelter to Cairns via Mareeba.