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Participants in the event can walk along the Byron coastline in either a 12km walk to Broken Head Reserve, 24km to Lennox SLSC or the full 36km to Ballina SLSC.

The 2022 event will celebrate its 10th year and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Major Gifts and Donors Manager, Zeke Huish, says the walk started because Byron was one of the few areas of the world you can walk along the coastline. ‘We didn’t imagine we’d get 500 people to that first event.

A testament to continued support

’10 years on to see 1,400 people taking part from across the country it’s unreal, but a testament to the continued support we see from our community here in the Northern Rivers.’

The walk brings together physical activity and friendship, with teams of up to 10 able to enter. For many groups, the event has become an annual tradition to catch up and enjoy a weekend away.

Walker Emily Barker says for her group the event is about friends getting together to challenge themselves. ‘This is our third year and each year we enjoy the challenge – pushing that little bit harder to better our times and support a good cause.’

Anniversary event will draw past participants

It’s hoped the anniversary event will draw in a number of past participants that maybe took part in the early walks, and WRHS Community Fundraising Coordinator Michelle Nelson is hoping to find the person with the most number of walks under their belt.

‘We are really trying to celebrate everything great about this event, and that really is the walkers who come back year after year to take part. We know of a few participants who have completed seven or eight of the previous walks, but if you’re coming along in 2022 to make it an even 10 we’d love to hear from you.’

The even date is Saturday April 30, 2022. Registrations are now open at www.coastalcharitywalk.com.au.


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