The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is at least $42,000 better off after Sunday’s Byron to Ballina charity walk.
The event kicked off bright and early, with a 6.5am line-up for a 7am start.
Each of the more than 1,000 eager participants made a $25 donation to the cause and the service and walkers were encouraged to set up a ‘Everyday Hero Event Page’ during the registration period to encourage further sponsorship.
Participants could choose to finish at Broken Head Reserve (12km), Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club (24km) or Ballina Surf Life Saving Club (35km).
The chopper still needs more money, however, with several more events planned to help it reach its $250,000 fundraising target this year.