BRAVING RAIN: Vickie Williams, of Nimbin, and Yogita Gupta of Lismore, at Saturday’s annual Lifeline Walk the Walk fundraiser.
BRAVING RAIN: Vickie Williams, of Nimbin, and Yogita Gupta of Lismore, at Saturday’s annual Lifeline Walk the Walk fundraiser. Hamish Broome

Walkers unite in their fight to save lives

CLOSE to 250 walkers took part in this year's Lifeline Walk the Walk from Summit Gym to Crozier Oval on Saturday

Participants started the 8km downhill stroll in light rain after enjoying a group warm-up session courtesy of Summit staff.

BRAVING RAIN: Vickie Williams, of Nimbin, and Yogita Gupta of Lismore, at Saturday’s annual Lifeline Walk the Walk fundraiser.
BRAVING RAIN: Vickie Williams, of Nimbin, and Yogita Gupta of Lismore, at Saturday’s annual Lifeline Walk the Walk fundraiser. Hamish Broome

The annual event which started humbly five years ago is now raising between $5000 and $15,000 in sponsorship money for the 24/7 crisis call centre every year.

Among those enjoying the walk were Vickie Williams and Yogita Gupta, who were beaming despite the rain.

"We're here to support Lifeline and healthy living on the Northern Rivers," Ms Williams said.

Following up the rear of the pack was Lifeline board member Bruce Robinson alongside wife Dorothy.

"It's great to see people turning up to support the walk in such unpleasant weather," Mr Robinson said. "It's indicative of the support for Lifeline in the community."

Lifeline Northern Rivers Counselling Centre manager Niall Mulligan said the equation for the event was simple - every dollar raised saved lives.

"If you break it down, the funds raised will allow us to potentially save 30 to 40 lives," Mr Mulligan said.

The Lifeline service has answered 11,000 calls a year with about 600 of those classed as high-risk callers.

Almost twice a week the service sends ambulance teams to someone who is deemed to be at imminent risk of suicide.



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