Prabodh (Charlie) Malhotra


VRI’s honorary retiree member Prabodh Malhotra - commonly known as Charlie in the railways – at age 71, is taking on an inspiring adventure and walking from the MCG to the SCG to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. We are asking all VRI members to get behind him and support this great cause.


Prabodh years, has been an integral part of Victoria’s Railways, with a position as a Blocko in the 90’s and underwent one of the first Safeworking exams back in 1991.


Prabodh’s last engagement with the Railways, working on the Manor Loop (down side of Werribee).


Prabodh went with the VRI Indoor Cricket Team to WA for the first carnival in 1992 and played in many different competitions throughout his time in rail.

A competition for the perpetual shield sponsored by the VRI in memory of Jasbir Chhokar (Jasper), signal assistant and a brilliant sports person who died in 1989 at the age of 23



Rail Runners, indoor Cricket Side


We are asking all VRI members to support Prabodh by donating. Members are also invited to support the walk by cheering him on, wearing pink and purchasing McGrath Foundation merchandise.


7am Sunday 13 November: Prabodh will start his walk from the MGC – members welcome to attend to wish him all the best for his journey, and perhaps even do a few km’s with him.


1pm Wednesday 16 November: VRI Seymour Bowls Club will be welcome Prabodh on  hosting a sausage sizzle to raise funds for the fantastic cause Prabodh around 1pm. Please RSVP at Events or  contact for further details.


Morning Wednesday 4 January 2023 – Prabodh is expected to arrive at the SCG to coincide with the Opening Day of the Sydney Test Match.


For more information on Prabodh’s walk or to donate head to:



Why the McGrath Foundation?

Having been touched by breast cancer himself when his Sister Vinod Madhok was diagnosed with the disease around six years ago, his aim is to raise $1, 000, 000 for the McGrath Foundation to make life that little bit easier for individuals and families experiencing breast cancer.


“Because it was at a very early stage when they found it, she was able to go through the treatment and survive,” Prabodh said, adding he also had several friends in Australia whose lives had been impacted by the disease.


Prabodh with Holly Masters, CEO McGrath Foundation


“With this challenge, and my commitment to the McGrath Foundation, it has become very purposeful,” he said.


“This country has given me a beautiful life. Before I disappear, I want to do something for the country.”


Prabodh with Tracy Bevan (previously married to Michael Bevan) Brand Ambassador and Director at McGrath Foundation. Tracy has been there from day one. She along with Jane McGrath were the founding members of the McGrath Foundation.

While he said he was looking forward to the challenge of the walk, and its completion, Prabodh said the thing he was looking most forward to was doing something for a very good cause.


As a retiree, Prabodh has spent much time walking to maintain his fitness, walking the 1000 steps every Saturday, walking 15-18,000 steps a day and once a week trying to do one long walk of 25-30 km from his home to Melbourne. In preparation for his walk, he does pool exercise four to six days a week and is training with an exercise physiologist.


Walking groups, sports groups and senior's associations in Shepparton, Wangaratta, Jindabyne and Canberra are invited to join Prabodh for five-six kilometres as he passes through their towns.


More from Prabodh


Congratulations, Walk complete!!


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Congratulations to Prabodh who has now completed his inspiring adventure and walked from the MCG to the SCG to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.

Prabodh completed his journey as planned, joining in the festivities for the first day of the 2nd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Prabodh was joined by Glenn McGrath and the NSW Premier to celebrate the completion of his walk, raising over $60,000 for the McGrath Foundation.

We encourage all members to support this great cause donate here:

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