SOME of the keen
local walkers gearing up for this year's Walk
Away Your Worries are (front from left) Debbie
Black, Trevor DalBroi, Ruth Downs, Wynita Donetto,
Ian Carter, (back) Jenny Hill, Noeline McCudden,
Alan Barton, Tenille Scarfone, Karen Woolnough,
Raeleen Ceccato, Anne Marie Davis and Kim Clifford.
businesses join hands
to walk away worries
will step up to raise money for a good cause this
month in Griffith. The second Walk Away Your Worries
charity walk will see 23 staff members from different
businesses take to the streets armed with buckets
to raise funds for the Griffith Suicide Awareness
president of Griffith Suicide Awareness Val Rowe
said this year's group of keen volunteers will
walk 20km inside the city zone starting at the
Griffith Aquatic Leisure Centre on Sunday, September
is a lot of fun and allows businesses to not only
help raise funds but awareness for an illness
that affects so many," she said.
opened quite a few eyes. Many of the participants
were not aware that so many of their clients have
been affected by depression. This walk is just
another way we can break down barriers and remove
the stigma of mental illness."
Last year's inaugural
walk raised more than $14,000 for the support
group. Bendigo Bank business banking manager Craig
Tilston said he considered it a privilege to be
involved in an event that has the ability to make
such a difference.
think people need to be made aware that suicide
can affect anybody," he said. "It's
a great thing to be a part of to help raise awareness
in the community. They did a great job last year
and it's an honour that I'm actually looking forward
to, but as far as my chances of winning, let's
just say if I get across the line I'll be happy."
from this year's Walk Away Your Worries have been
earmarked for the Soup Kitchen, Seminars, the
annual Christmas Tree, and other ongoing projects
that help the community.
by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, Monday September
WALK Away Your
Worries participants, (front, from left) water
girls Vanessa Scarfone, Val Rowe, Melissa Barton
and some of the eager walkers (back) Kate McAuliffe,
Karen Dillon, Craig Tilston, Keith Rennie, Anita
Tresise, Jackie Olaman and Judi Norman.
walk for awareness
of local businesses are limbering up for the
second Walk Away Your Worries charity walk being
held this weekend in Griffith.
The 20km walk
inside the Griffith town zone, in support of
the Griffith Suicide Awareness Group, will see
23 participants step out to raise funds and
clad team will get an early start to fundraising
this year when they take to Griffith's main
street, armed with buckets on Saturday morning
from 10am to 11am.
dressed in fluoro green will also set off this
Sunday, September 24 from 9am at the Griffith
Aquatic Leisure Centre. President of Suicide
Awareness Val Rowe urged the community to support
the army of keen walkers. "They are all
geared up and ready to go," Mrs Rowe said.
fantastic that so many businesses are willing
to support this really worthy cause. I'd urge
people to be generous when they see the walkers
on Sunday because you just don't know when mental
illness might touch your family."
Mrs Rowe said
while the idea of the walk was to raise vital
funds for the community, the awareness it's
raised so far had been a real bonus.
a way to break down the terrible stigma that
exists. I know a lot of businesses have commented
they are now more aware how many local people
are affected by being involved," she said.
event like this to create so much awareness
can only benefit the whole city. "
past the finish line on Sunday will be rewarded
for their efforts as will the business that
raises the most money.
see them, don't be afraid to say hello and toss
them a coin," Mrs Rowe said.
by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, September
for a good cause
fluorescent green walkers raised money for suicide
awareness last Sunday when they trudged twenty
kilometers in 50km per hour winds.
from local business houses and one community walker
from Leeton raised money through sponsorship as
well as asking the general public to assist by
coffing up some change.
Rowe says this year there were more participants
and the money raised will be used to help those
suffering a mental illness, by supporting the
Soup Kitchen at the Griffith PCYC on Friday evenings
or through seminars.
by Riverina Real Estate News, September 28 2006.
FIRST over the
line of the 23 walkers who braved the windy conditions
on Sunday for the Walk Away Your Worries charity
walk are Ian Carter, Tenille Scarfone and Alan
walk volunteers brave wind
blisters and gale force winds that whipped up
on Sunday did not deter this year's keen group
of Walk Awary Your Worries participants.
The charity walk
for the Griffith Suicide Awareness group attracted
23 staff members from local businesses willing
to walk around the city raising awareness and
Debbie Black, who works at Central Service Station,
pulled up sore and sorry, she said she was proud
to have been involved in the event.
I've got very,
very sore legs, back and shoulders from carrying
the bucket full of money, but we all had a great
time," she said.
confident I'd make it but I'm proud to have participated.
I was very surprised at how generous people were
too, especially when you consider the drought
is hitting so hard, " Mrs Black said. She
said the headwinds made the 20km trek pretty hard
into the wind did make it hard but the big pats
on the back we got from people as they dropped
their money made it worthwhile," she said.
thing about it all has been the way it's made
a lot of people more aware of the need for counselling
and that there is a big problem with suicide in
Awareness president Val Rowe said the amount raised
from street collections on Sunday totalled more
seen a team so full of energy," she said.
the weather on Sunday I think the atmosphere and
awareness the walkers created was brilliant."
by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, Friday September
Awareness president Val Rowe congratulates top
fundraiser Craig Tilston
walks away worries
DESPITE the drought
hitting hard, Griffith residents have managed
to raise an incredible $22,000 during the Walk
Away Your Worries day held in Griffith last month.
The 20km walk
was in support of the Griffith Suicide Awareness
Group, and the final figure was revealed at the
Victoria Hotel where winners
were named and recognised for their efforts.
The charity walk
saw 23 staff members from local businesses take
to the roads around the city to raise the funds,
which will be used to support sufferers of mental
illness. Griffith Suicide Awareness Group president
Val Rowe called the support shown by the community
for the event "unbelievable".
a fantastic fundraiser; the participants all thoroughly
enjoyed the walk and the Griffith community are
the real winners," she said. "I think
suicide is a subject that is really starting to
get the exposure it needs and this result shows
people obviously want to do something to help."
than $3000 from sponsorship, Bendigo
Bank's Craig Tilston was named the highest fundraiser,
and was presented a coffee maker for his effors,
while the first three over the line, Tenille
Scarfo, Alan Barton and Ian Carter all donated
their prizes back to be used for the upcoming
Our Youth, Our Future
Each walker was
presented a participation certicate and $1750
was handed over to the newly formed group, the
Griffith Community Chaplaincy.
The money will
be used to purchase reflector jackets for use
by the support group, which is an initiative of
the Griffith Christian Churches Association.
be a community based chaplaincy service that will
provide counselling and support from the whole
community and are hoping to start in the New Year,"
Baptist pastor Kevin Webb said.
by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, November 8 2006.
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