Nurses walk to help sick colleague
THESE nurses are helping one of their own in an act of camaraderie, determination and goodwill.
Their colleague, Carla Cramp (nee Deery), is suffering from inflammatory breast cancer and the girls are raising money to try to save her life.
They work together in the emergency department at Coffs Harbour Hospital.
The women are in the latter stages of their Endure 4 a Cure walk, an event started to raise money for Carla's treatment.
They left Byron Bay on Monday morning and have since walked, hobbled and piggy-backed their way down the coast.
On Thursday they stopped in Grafton for the night, in accommodation donated by The Jacaranda Motor Lodge.
Walk organiser Victoria Cluff said the expedition was exhausting, but well worth the effort.
"We help people every day, but it's nice to be able to help one of our own."
One section of their walk took them along the beach from Ballina to Evans Head.
"It's the second longest beach in NSW - It's over 30km long. We didn't realise how long it actually was until we walked it," Victoria said with a laugh.
"I think it's been a really unifying and uplifting experience.
"There have been a few tears shed too."
Fellow walker Wai Grant said it was difficult when people asked about Carla.
"Carla has the biggest heart of gold. We just want to help as much as we can," she said.
The women said the donations were flowing in and there were many silent supporters. They also found the toots from passing cars.
The group will walk from Arrawarra to Emerald Beach today and invites people to join it. Tomorrow they'll walk from Emerald Beach to Coffs Harbour Jetty, arriving at 2pm for a barbecue.