Logan West resident Monika Wieland has been a part of the Walking Rebels group in Browns Plains for the past 15 years.

The walking group would meet at the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre at 6am in the morning to walk the corridors of the centre and would finish their walks with coffee at the Coffee Club outside Target.

The walking group was started 16 years ago as a part of the Heart Foundation by a woman named Beryl Sutton, who had since retired from the club.

Two years later it was privately re-branded by Beryl as the Walking Rebels club.

Monika, now 80 years old, gained confidence using the camera after joining the Greenbank Services Photography Club in 2010, and she started taking photographs of the club in 2010.

“I used to carry my point and shoot camera around every chance I got,” she said.

“After gaining more confidence, I took it into Grand Plaza with me a couple of times, taking a few candid shots of the place when only our group was allowed inside.”

Monika was not the official photographer for the Walking Rebels, but she enjoyed taking photographs of them.

“I’ve always taken photos, but I knew nothing about photography,” she said.

“I had a point and shoot, and I’d just click away on automatic.”

Monika Bday

Before Covid, the Walking Rebels would celebrate member’s 80th birthdays in the food court at the Grand Plaza.

Monika had her 80th birthday this year, and the club threw her a special birthday party at Berrinba Wetlands with food and cake.

“They don’t celebrate anybody’s birthdays – only if you turn 80; it’s always been 80,” she said.

Monika planned to walk with the Walking Rebels for as long as she could, because it helped her keep up with the Greenbank RSL Photography Club outings.

The Walking Rebels club started out with less than 20 members, most of who were women, in 2005.

Today there are almost 100 men and women who walk the corridors of the centre at 7am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday every week.

 “Four times a year they go to Tygum Lagoon or Berrinba Wetlands, or some other park, to have a breakfast or a morning tea,” Monika said.

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