Camino de Santiago Walk

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Packing List Video: See what Hilary is taking on the Camino! 



To see Hilary's daily vlogs on her journey, subscribe to her YouTube channel!

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.

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.
Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 18 September 2019

And they are off! Hilary, Huey & Francois have packed, boarded a plane and are off to Bayonne via Dubai and Paris on their Grand Camino Adventure!

Vlog 1: Whatever It Takes (42 Days On Camino Frances)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa_0LWBPcyM

To keep updated with Hilary's journey subscribe to her Youtube channel and receive updates when her next vlog is released.

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 19 September 2019

A day in Bayonne! This morning Hilary, Huey & Francois are off to Saint Jean Pied de Port and the start of their Camino Frances proper tomorrow.

Vlog 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-uEc4czFNg

To keep updated with Hilary's journey subscribe to her Youtube channel and receive updates when her next vlog is released.

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 23 September 2019

Françoise, Huey and Hilary have made it over The Pyrenees! The walk has begun! Check out those gorgeous views and don't forget to donate to support Françoise, Huey and Hilary on their journey.

Vlog 4:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAu6YVa9orw

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 24 September 2019

Rest day - no hiking tomorrow! Françoise Morys, Huey and Hilary have arrived in Pamplona!
What an extraordinary journey they have had so far. Subscribe to keep up to date with their daily vlogs.

Vlog 6:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFWFtitfl_4

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 25 September 2019

A day in the city of Pamplona! Françoise, Huey and Hilary enjoy the city of Pamplona on their first rest day. No bull! Had to get that one in....

Vlog 7:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZmKTCB9CdQ

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 27 September 2019

Pamplona to Puente la Reina Alto del Perdon - a hot walk today!

Vlog 8:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Ayun8kf80

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 01 October 2019

Torres del Rio to Logroño What a wonderful experience so far. To keep updated on Hilary's journey don't forget to subscribe.

Vlog 11:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOqzM5utq8

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 01 October 2019

Nájera to Santo Domingo de La Calzada Françoise Morys, Huey and Hilary are in seventh heaven at The Parador in Santo Domingo de La Calzada. Visiting the Cathedral and seeing the Rooster and Hen (amongst other things). However, the rooster did not crow - is there a message in there somewhere?

Vlog 12:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THs7A8SU2KQ

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 04 October 2019

Belorado to Atapuerca - Françoise Morys, Huey and Hilary stayed last night where the first Human activity has been carbon dated as far back as 1.2 million years. Check it out below!

Vlog 14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDLrS39Pjvg

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 08 October 2019

Castrojerez to Fromista Another fantastic update from Hilary, Francois & Huey.

Vlog 16:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33eieuLBJMs

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 11 October 2019

Fromista to Carrion de los Condes Françoise, Huey and Hilary had a busy day. Walking 20 kms, laundry, visiting the Monastery (twice as it wasn’t open the first time!) and had a pilgrim blessing at the church of Santa Maria.

Vlog 17:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmC2bpHiYgI

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 11 October 2019

They have reached the halfway mark! What an amazing milestone! Remember all funds donated to Hilary go directly to CQ Rescue!
Subscribe to Hilary's youtube channel for updates as soon as they are posted!

Vlog 18:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFHoDrVDXrM

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 18 October 2019

Astorga to Molinaseca Fractured wrist and all but our travelers are continuing on!
Watch the link below for all the information on Hilary and her fractured arm!

Vlog 20:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52xqXNv93aM

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 22 October 2019

Fractured arm and rain they walk - Molinaseca to Las Herrerias This journey so far has been nothing short of amazing! If you havent yet seen Hilary's previous blogs, make sure to follow her on Youtube!

Vlog 21:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DemRxbQdURE

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 22 October 2019

Las Herrerias to Sarria - Only 100km's to go! What a massive effort for these travellers.
If you have missed any of Hilary's previous updates, make sure to jump over to her Youtube Channel: Hilary Jones Rowan

Vlog 22:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uad8MY38nuM

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 06 November 2019

Sarria to Portomarin Less than 100km's to go, the travellers are on the final stretch and venturing through some picture perfect landscape. Not long now!

Vlog 23:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Sc3b-7lkJ8

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 06 November 2019

Portomarin to PEDROUZO Can you believe it, only 22km's left! What an amazing journey!

Vlog 24:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWPW1lvrosE

Posted by Hilary Jones Rowan on 06 November 2019

THEY DID IT! - Pedrouzo to Santiago 42 days and they have reached Santiago! Meeting some wonderful and inspiring people along the way both Hilary & Françoise have achieved something that many dream of! What an amazing effort. If you missed any of the Camino de Santiago Walk updates over the past 6 weeks, jump over to Hilary's youtube channel. WOW, congratulations ladies!

Vlog 25:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQuMaTZNxs0

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