Northern Rivers residents walk the walk down Ballina Street in Goonellabah on Saturday to support Lifeline.
Northern Rivers residents walk the walk down Ballina Street in Goonellabah on Saturday to support Lifeline. Cathy Adams

Events galore for Northern Rivers

IT was a busy weekend on the Northern Rivers, starting on Saturday morning with the secondannual Walk the Walk event, which raised money for Lifeline.

The walk started at the Summit Sports and Fitness Centre in Goon-ellabah, and participants walked the 8km to Oakes Oval in Lismore.

Lifeline phone counsellors Sandy Loyall and Annette Cubis ran the length of the course raising about $600 between them.

“Lifeline is an essential service to the community.” Ms Cubis said.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Page MP Janelle Saffin also braved the cold.

“I walk of a morning anyway,” Ms Saffin said.

“So it's ideal when I can walk in the sun and do it for a good cause as well.”

The action continued in Bruns-wick Heads for the Old and Gold Festival.

Schools, churches, community groups and private homes set up stalls on street corners, in garages, community halls, church yards and parks so visitors could grab a bargain on Saturday and Sunday.

Everything was for sale, including furniture, books, clothes, bikes, paintings, and even a wall oven.

“I got myself a 1950 pushbike for $25, which I will restore and put in my house,” Chris, of South Golden Beach, said.

Members of the BrunswickJunior Surf Club put on a fund-raising sausage sizzle to feed the hungry buyers.

“People have been coming in bursts,” surf club member Jodie Heiniger said.

Michele Collins, of Woodburn, was visiting her daughter but couldn't pass up the bargain of a $2 handmade tea cosy.

On Saturday afternoon Lismore's Italian community gathered for the unveiling of a monument at the site of the Continental Music, Sports and Recreation Club. The club was an important social hub for many Italian families for over 50 years before it was torn down.

“This is a good reminder,” club member and organiser Ellie Gava said.

Stones from the old building, bocce balls, the lawn roller and a large plaque comprised the memorial and read: ‘Happy memories were made here and remain'.



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