Rachel Callahan, centre, with Sally Hoy, left, and Steve Cansdell at Ilarwill.
Rachel Callahan, centre, with Sally Hoy, left, and Steve Cansdell at Ilarwill.

Charity walk kick-starts appeal bid

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE pain hasn't kicked in for charity walker Rachel Callahan just yet, but it definitely will soon.

While she is sporting a handful of blisters on her feet after her 35-kilometre trek from Yamba to Lawrence, the pain in her legs has only just begun.

Ms Callahan walked from the Yamba Lighthouse to the Lawrence Tavern on Saturday to help raise funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

And the event proved to be successful, with more than $2000 raised.

Joined by friends and supporters, including Clarence MP Steve Cansdell, Ms Callahan said the trek was an amazing experience.

"The support for the walk was fantastic, with people beeping their horns along the route and also pulling over to donate money," she said.

Ms Callahan said she could not have done it without her support team and the donors.

"Steve Cansdell, Sally Hoy from the Lawrence Tavern and Rob Imeson from Peak Health and Fitness were fantastic," she said.

Once the walkers reached the Lawrence Tavern the party really started, with local band 10footswell entertaining the crowd while a barbecue sizzled in the background.

"I was really overwhelmed and I would like to thank everyone for all the support I received," Ms Callahan said.

And her fundraising is not over. Ms Callahan will be selling raffle tickets, with the major prize being a two-night stay for two at Angourie Rainforest Resort.

Ms Callahan hopes to raise more than $5000 for the Fred Hollows Foundation. Of that, about 50 per cent would go directly to the foundation, with the rest used to send her to Nepal to see the work of the foundation first hand.



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