Charity hits its stride
THEY came in all ages and sizes, sporting a variety of colours and costumes, but they all had one cause in mind.
More than 400 determined walkers took to the streets of Goonellabah and Lismore on Saturday for Lifeline's annual Walk the Walk.
The event raised $16,000 for Lifeline Northern Rivers, which answered 7560 calls at its Lismore centre from people in need last year.
A team in yellow hats – the staff of Tursa Employment and Training in Lismore, were seen from a mile away bobbing up and down among their fellow walkers.
While most of the team were social walkers, that didn't stop them packing a secret weapon.
Glenn Mancell coyly opened his backpack moments before the walk kicked off to reveal a plentiful bunch of energy-rich bananas.
The annual event is a major fundraiser for the local Lifeline branch, which only receives 10% of its funding from State and Federal governments, Lifeline Northern Rivers Counselling Centre manager Niall Mulligan said.
“There is a big gap between our retail takings and our costs and we need to bridge them,” he said.