AT BACK: Scott Patch, Taylor Hellyar and Jacki Donnelly and in front Charlie Patch, Miles Patch and Eli Patch.
AT BACK: Scott Patch, Taylor Hellyar and Jacki Donnelly and in front Charlie Patch, Miles Patch and Eli Patch. Leah White

Walk the walk fundraiser helps Lifeline talk the talk

BRAVING the cold and getting out of bed to trek eight kilometres on Saturday morning was a sacrifice worth making for the more than 140 people who took part in this year's Lifeline Walk the Walk.

The annual walk is Lifeline Northern Rivers' major fund-raiser for the year.

Counselling Centre manager Niall Mulligan said participant numbers were down on previous years but they still managed to raise about $12,000.

"It's motivated us to rejuvenate the event for next year," he said. "But we're very happy with everyone who's participated today."

WCA Chartered Accountants raised more than $1000 to take home the award for most money raised in the corporate fundraising category for the third year in a row.

Lismore resident Maria O'Grady said the walk was great exercise and also helped a very worthwhile cause.

"It's a beautiful charity that helps a lot of people and we all need it at some stage in our lives," she said.

"People, no matter what background they come from, can still encounter hardships and to have someone to talk to in this age is good."

Lifeline Northern Rivers offers 24/7 access to telephone crisis support. In just 12 months, Lifeline volunteers have answered more than 15000 calls, many of which were lifesaving.

The service also offers accredited community training in suicide prevention and intervention, domestic violence response and low-cost personal counselling.

The service costs about $300,000 a year to run.

Close to one third of the operation costs are government funded but the remainder are covered by retail and fundraising operations.

The Walk the Walk event provides for about eight per cent of operation costs.

The walk commenced a Summit Gym in Goonellabah and finished on Crozier Oval in Lismore.

Once participants crossed the finish line they could enjoy free family entertainment including music, face painting, show bags for children, alpacas, a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and coffee.



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