IN STEP: Tanisha Walker, Annie Petty, Tamara Sivewright and Oliva Castagna from the Summit Gym get ready for Lifeline Walk the Walk.
IN STEP: Tanisha Walker, Annie Petty, Tamara Sivewright and Oliva Castagna from the Summit Gym get ready for Lifeline Walk the Walk. Doug Eaton

Lifeline walk is a true lifesaver

IF you're driving through Goonellabah and Lismore today, you might spot a steady stream of people making their way through the streets as part of the annual Lifeline Walk the Walk charity fundraiser.

In the fifth year of the Walk the Walk, which raises money to support Lifeline's Northern Rivers 24/7 lifesaving service, it's expected to be the best yet, Lifeline Northern Rivers Counselling Centre manager Niall Mulligan has said.

Walk the Walk has gone from strength to strength since it started: in 2009 110 participants raised $2300; in 2011 over 400 walkers raised $22,000; and in 2012, although the event was severely weather-affected, $16,000 was raised.

The charity walk will start at 9am today when Walk the Walk participants will run, walk or roll the 8km (mainly downhill) course from the Summit Gym in Goonellabah to Crozier Oval in Lismore.

At the finish line there will be loads of activities for families, including a jumping castle, face painting, balloon twisting, show bags, an appearance by Prime Possum, a sausage sizzle and other fun stuff.

It's an important cause that needs support, Mr Mulligan said.

"Every dollar raised from Walk The Walk goes directly to help save lives," he said.

The telephone counselling service, he explained, helps thousands of people each year, who call when their ability to cope is being overwhelmed, and are possibly even on the verge of suicide.

Quick Facts

The 2013 Lifeline Walk The Walk starts from Summit Gym in Goonellabah at 9am today and finishes at Crozier Oval in Lismore.

If you haven't signed up already, you can turn up early for the registration at 8am.

Visit walkthewalk.org.au for info or to donate.



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