Camino de Santiago Walk

Sponsor an epic adventure and help fuel
CQ Rescue’s lifesaving missions

This is your chance to journey with Hilary Jones Rowan and her companion Huey the Helicopter to the Field of Stars (Santiago de Compostela) in Spain on an epic walk along all 800 kms of the Camino Frances.  All funds raised will assist CQ Rescue to continue to carry out its lifesaving missions in Central Queensland.

The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James) - what is it?

In 812 AD, what was believed to be the remains of the disciple, James and two of his followers were discovered in the Libradn mountains of Spain.  Legend has it that a large bright star surrounded by a number of smaller stars led to this discovery and the name, Campus Steliae (field of stars – later Compostela).  St James was proclaimed patron saint of Spain and a church was built on the site in his honour.  News of the discovery quickly spread and the pilgrimage or Camino to Santiago de Compostela began.

There are dozens of Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela with the oldest and most popular being the Camino Frances (the French Way).  Records show that in Medieval times thousands of people made the journey to Santiago and numbers have ebbed and flowed over the years.  In 1987 the route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe; it was also named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.  Since the 1980s, the Camino has attracted an ever-increasing number of modern-day international pilgrims wishing to experience the Camino for themselves. In 2017, more than 300,000 people completed the journey.

Camino de Santiago Walk - Hilary Jones-Rowan

D-Day (Departure Day) –  Sunday, 15th September 2019

Hilary Jones Rowan is a CQ Rescue Volunteer and the wife of Ian Rowan, CEO of CQ Rescue.  Hilary has been planning to walk the Camino Frances with a friend since mid-2018 and on one of her training walks thought it would make an epic adventure even more momentous if she could raise funds for CQ Rescue.  CQ Rescue Board approval was sought and granted together with her official authority to fundraise on behalf of CQ Rescue.

Costs And Sponsorship

All costs associated with the trip including airfares, accommodation, personal equipment, food and other day to day expenses will be covered by Hilary personally.  Logistics sponsors are being sought to provide the hardware, software and data capability to support a daily blog, Twitter and Instagram feed and provide connectivity for all sponsors.  Monies raised will go directly to CQ Rescue via a donation page on the dedicated website.

Sponsorship Benefits:

These benefits are negotiable based around what would deliver the most value to your company.

Logistics Sponsors:  ($500 upwards donation or in-kind):

  • Company logo on the website landing page and daily blog organized by CQ Rescue;
  • Promotion on pre and post-television and print media organized by CQ Rescue;
  • Invitation to Buen Camino send-off  function organized by CQ Rescue;
  • Pre and/or post-Camino presentation to your staff/members.
  • Article for your company/organisation newsletter.
  • Access to daily vlog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Wayfarer Sponsors: ($100 to $499 donation):

  • Company logo on website landing page organized by CQ Rescue.
  • Invitation to Buen Camino send-off function organized by CQ Rescue;
  • Article for your company/organization newsletter.
  • Access to daily vlog, Instagram, Twitter,

Armchair Travellers:  (Less than $100 donation):

  • Access to daily vlog, Instagram, Twitter. 


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