Reconnect with community

Reconnect with community

Cath Keenan walks to feel connected

Walking to work is the perfect start to the day for 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero Cath Keenan.
As co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory – a not-for-profit that runs creative writing classes for disadvantaged schoolchildren in Redfern and beyond – her busy life could fill the pages of a novel.
“The walk to work is quiet time, a nice break before the day starts. The walk home is great to decompress and just makes you feel better,” Cath says.
One of the highlights of walking for Cath is the interactions she has with the community.
“Every morning I walk past Michael, the Big Issue seller at the station and have a chat with him. Seeing people regularly makes you feel part of a community.”
Even her go-to coffee shop has strong ties to the local area. 

“Social Laneway Espresso just opposite the train station is a really nice cafe. Rob who runs it does work with Tribal Warrior, a training and mentoring program for young Aboriginal kids.
“You only have to walk into a local business to realise what a strong community we have.”
Walking to work and walking her children to school has become an important part of Cath’s daily routine.
“Like a lot of people, my job can be quite sedentary, so it’s nice to move.
“We’re lucky where we live in Alexandria because my kids can walk to school, I can walk to work in Redfern and my husband can walk to Surry Hills.
“I think being able to walk to the places you frequent the most, like work and school, is one of the keys to happiness.”

Cath Keenan is a City of Sydney Walking Ambassador.

Last updated: Friday, 10 February 2017