Ingleburn worker makes 46km commute on foot

Happy feet: Ingleburn worker Gavin Kotkin walked 46 kilometres to work to raise funds for charities including Rural Aid and Beyond Blue. Picture: Simon Bennett
Happy feet: Ingleburn worker Gavin Kotkin walked 46 kilometres to work to raise funds for charities including Rural Aid and Beyond Blue. Picture: Simon Bennett

Ingleburn worker Gavin Kotkin said he would never complain about his hour-long commute again.

The Bromic Group employee walked 46 kilometres from his home in Randwick to his Ingleburn workplace last Friday to raise funds for charity.

The massive trek started at 2.30am and took Mr Kotkin just over ten hours.

“I was four hours late to work, but management have decided to let that slide,” Mr Kotkin joked.

“I will never complain about M5 traffic again – bring on that long commute.”

The Bromic Group encouraged its staff members to raise funds for charity in November to celebrate the businesses 40th anniversary.

Staff members were allowed to select their own fundraising initiative to support the The Kids’ Cancer Project, Rural Aid and beyondblue.

I will never complain about M5 traffic again – bring on that long commute.

Gavin Kotkin

Mr Kotkin said he chose to walk to work because he thought it would be a good way to raise awareness.

“Everyone came up with something different but I thought walking to work would be a good way to raise the funds,” he said.

“One of my directors is going to wax his legs and they said if I raised more than $4000 I would be able to pull the first wax strip off.

“And I have raised more than $4200 so that goal has been reached.”

Mr Kotkin said while he was a little sore and very tired, the walk was enjoyable.

“It was a real team effort, a few staff members were given time off to walk with me – my boss Josh walked with me for the first few kilometres too,” he said.

“It was a good bonding experience to chat with people while we walked along.

“The warehouse staff also came and walked with me for the last block and when I arrived the whole company was outside clapping me in.

“I didn’t expect that.”

The long trek took Mr Kotkin through Alexandria, Tempe, Lakemba, Bankstown, Liverpool and Casula before he reached Ingleburn.

“It wasn’t very scenic but I did see a lot of traffic,” he said. “At one point we came across a fruit vendor whose sign had blown down 500 metres down the road but he couldn’t leave his shop, so he gave us two peaches to put the sign back up.

“When we got to the sign it was on an ant’s nest so I am thinking that might be why he asked us to put it back up.”

The Bromic Group have already raised $30,000 to be distributed evenly between each charity, but they hope to double that amount thanks to the extra efforts staff have gone to.

Mr Kotkin said it wasn’t too late to support the cause.

To donate, visit: gofundme.com/40km-for-40-years-bromic-group.