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Coastline walk raises funds for cystic fibrosis

CHARITY WALK: Participants of the Coast to Course Charity Day for Cystic Fibrosis spell out 65 Roses on the beach prior to the walk.
CHARITY WALK: Participants of the Coast to Course Charity Day for Cystic Fibrosis spell out 65 Roses on the beach prior to the walk.

POWERFUL swells did little to deter more than 150 people from putting their best foot forward on Sunday, as they trekked 20km of coastline for Cystic Fibrosis

One hundred and sixty participants from all walks of life joined the pack, and led by major sponsors LJ Hooker Maclean they made the journey from Red Cliff to the Yamba Golf Course over three hours.

Meanwhile, 60 golfers played nine holes at Yamba for the same cause as the Coast to Course Charity Day for Cystic Fibrosis got into full swing.

LJ Hooker Maclean office manager Ken Giese said it was fortunate they were able to run the day considering dangerous surf conditions, which meant the walk was started from Red Cliff instead of Brooms Head.

"Mother Nature was on top in terms of its power; a lot of people who hadn't walked that coastline saw it really performing," he said.

"It really highlighted the beauty of the coastline."

Mr Giese praised organiser Tracy Andersen's efforts to bring the day together, which is expected to have raised more than $9000 for people living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Since starting in 2008, the annual event has raised close to $17,000, with this year's funds set to take that number well over $20,000.

Ms Andersen said for her, a standout part of the day was to see Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Kristie Hodges walk the whole stretch of coastline, cheered on by her family.

"You realise it's a pretty awesome thing to do when you see that," Ms Andersen said.

"It was a pretty special day."

Why 65 Roses?

The term "65 Roses" is what some children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) call their disease because the words are much easier for them to pronounce.

It has been connected to cystic fibrosis since the 1960s, when a little boy misheard his mother's telephone conversation.

Topics:  cystic fibrosis



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