WET, WET, WET: Walkers brave the rain for the Local Paws Walk for Autism. INSET: Veronica Balsamello leads the pack of walkers.
WET, WET, WET: Walkers brave the rain for the Local Paws Walk for Autism. INSET: Veronica Balsamello leads the pack of walkers. Caitlan Charles

Braving the rain for autism

WET hair lasts for a few hours, but autism lasts your whole life.

That is what Veronica Balsamello told everyone who thought the rain meant the Local Paws Walk for Autism wasn't going ahead.

At 10.30 on Saturday, about 20 people set out for the first wave of walkers in the fundraiser, knowing that Ms Balsamello's words were right - autism is something people live with for their whole life.

"I'm emotional and anxious," she said.    "We had a good number for the amount of people for the amount of rain around.   "We just have beautiful people supporting us for the last six months.    "We raised around $1800 and we would have killed it if it was a great day.   "But at least our farmers are getting some good rain so it's not such a loss."   Ms Balsamello said next year will be bigger and better, and hopefully less wet.    "A huge thank you to Mitch, from Living Proof, and Brandon's jumping castle that donated to us today," she said.    "Thank you to all the markets that did come out and support this great cause and of course to everyone the come and walked and looked around."   Ms Balsamello added that everyone should keep an eye out in the media for another event they will be holding in the Clarence Valley in January next year.   

 

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