Fighting violence, helping Nepal is just steps away
DOMESTIC violence is the second-highest crime in the Kyogle local government area, according to Mayor Danielle Mulholland.
Combine this local need with the devastation in Nepal on a global scale and you have the incentive for three local women to help make a difference.
Ms Mulholland, Kyogle business woman Leah Hobbs and Express Examiner editor Samantha Elley decided to turn their Kyogle Community Gym 100km May challenge into more than just a fitness project.
"I love walking and trying to keep fit which is why I joined the challenge, but I wanted to do something a bit more worthwhile," Ms Elley said.
"I knew Leah and Danielle were also doing the challenge so asked them if they'd like to join in and raise some money."
And so the Nepal and Domestic Violence Walk was established on the crowd funding sight Go Fund Me.
"Health and fitness is so important as women as we get older," Ms Hobbs said.
"Raising money for such good causes ensures you follow through and are committed to it, it's a great incentive."
Cr Mulholland knows the urgency with which domestic violence needs to be dealt in the Kyogle area.
"ABS statistics show the Kyogle local government area in the top 10 in the state for domestic violence," she said.
"We need to raise money around education and providing for victims."
The women started with a goal of $1000 for the month of May, but increased it to $10,000 when $1145 was reached in the first day.
Proceeds will be split between Kyogle domestic violence programs and agencies that can provide support to earthquake- devastated Nepal.
If you would like to donate, visit the Express Examiner office, 100 Barker St, Casino or online at gofundme.com/trk6xsk.