Walkers flock to the rescue to aid chopper
MORE than 1600 people took part in the Coastal Charity Walk from Byron to Ballina to have fun and help raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
“We had record numbers. It was a sell-out,” event organiser Louise Jordan said.
Conditions were just about perfect for running, according to teacher Joel Jukes who led a team of 20 from the Emmanuel Anglican College in Ballina.
“It is all about supporting a good cause and getting the children involved,” Mr Jukes said.
He and friend Marty Cahill were first to cross the finish line at Ballina ahead of Patrice Pheely in third place.
Participants not ready to go the whole way could finish at early stages including Broken Head (12 kilometres) and Lennox Head (24kms).
More than half the entrants went the full distance and as many as a third came from interstate.