Niall Mullagan, Centre Manager Lifeline Northern Rivers, Annie Petty, Summit sports and Fitness Centre (hiding behing the sign ), Joane Ryan,WCA group, Nancy Casson and Andrew Virtue, Branch Manager Newcastle Permanent, ready for Walk the Walk. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw
Niall Mullagan, Centre Manager Lifeline Northern Rivers, Annie Petty, Summit sports and Fitness Centre (hiding behing the sign ), Joane Ryan,WCA group, Nancy Casson and Andrew Virtue, Branch Manager Newcastle Permanent, ready for Walk the Walk. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Pounding the pavement for Lifeline

EVERY dollar counts in the fight against suicide and mental illnesses.

That's why Nancy Casson, reigning fundraising champion of Lifeline Northern Rivers' Walk the Walk, will join hundreds of other locals in a determined march from Goonellabah's Summit Gym to Lismore's Crozier Oval for the annual fundraiser.

Ms Casson started walking in the event in 2013 and she's raised about $3000 since - enough to snare her the Best Community Fundraiser trophy last year.

She walked as a representative of the Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club in previous years but will be tackling the walk solo this Saturday.

"It's a great cause - raising money for a community service that's incredibly important," she said.

"There are so many people Lifeline saves in regards to answering those dreadful phone calls."

Ms Casson said she took a proactive approach to fundraising in previous years, which heavily contributed to her fundraising kitty.

"I know a lot of people but I walked the street, stuck my head into businesses, told them, asked the question 'would you sponsor me'," she said.

"I had some businesses just give me $100 or so, whereas others sponsored me per kilometre.

"Every dollar adds up. I had people giving me $2, or $100...it's all another dollar in the kitty."

Ms Casson said seeing the crowd of walk participants leave Goonellabah was always an "uplifting" moment.

Starting at 9am, individual registrations for the walk are $10, or $20 for families, but you can also register as a fundraiser at http://www.walkthewalk.org.au, or by emailing walkthewalk@lis.net.au.



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