The Laurie Bender/Barry Rushworth Walkathon for Cancer Research was once again a resounding success.
Photos & Story by John Kearns
Organisers are well pleased with the overall result, which saw 710 walkers both young and old take to the pavement for the trek from Wallerawang to Portland, which is a little harder and a blustery wind added to the extra effort needed to complete the journey.
A progressive total of funds raised from the event is just on $20,000, which was a wonderful result, when one considers the economic conditions prevailing at the present time. A further report and final figures will be provided when finalized.
Cancer Council Western NSW was represented by Ricky Puata, Katherine Hodges and Fiona Marwick, who addressed the gathering prior to the walk, acknowledging the outstanding effort of the fundraiser now in its tenth year and the generosity of the community for their contribution and participation.
A big thank you goes to one and all for your involvement and support to this worthy cause. After the Walk all participants gathered on a social basis at the Coronation Hotel to quench the thirst, avail of some food and join together for a friendly chat, get together, view a slide show of photos over the past 9 years and enjoy the entertainment. It was an excellent way to complete the days activities.
Many people or organisations have assisted with the success of the event and they will be personally acknowledged. There is always a fear of forgetting someone when handing out bouquets for a successful venture, however special mention must go The Portland Division of State Emergency Services and neighbouring divisions for their manning of the Road and Traffic Control, Portland/Wallerawang Police, together with Phillip Neale, Lithgow City Council, Staff and Employees for approving road closure and setting up barricades,Williams Liquid Waste for providing the Toilet facilities, Good Earth, Wallerawang Bowling Club and John Sheather and Club Lithgow Fishing Club for providing the buses, Evan McManus, Peter Williams and John Sheather for giving their time as drivers.
We wish to also acknowledge the local press and media for their excellent coverage of the event. Preparations for next year are underway, it will be held on Sunday 26 May 2018, when the journey will be reversed, walking from Portland to Wallerawang.
Finally I would like to mention the Sausage Sizzle leading up to the event at Williams and Sons Meats. It was once again very successful, realising 800 dollars towards the event.
Thanks go to Wayne Griffiths, Brian Grabham and Greg Simpkins for manning the barbecue and Elsie Kirkwood for ticket selling. Thanks to Williams Meats for providing the meat, Portland Newsagency for providing the bread and raffle prize, Ned’s Mowing Service and Portland RSL Sport and Rec Club for providing raffle prizes.