Walk raises aware­ness

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Al­most 40 walk­ers took part in the Sorop­ti­mist Co­bram-Ba­rooga state-tostate walk on Sun­day, with or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mat­ing more than $400 be­ing raised to fight vi­o­lence against women.

De­spite an early start, or­gan­is­ers were thank­ful the weather re­mained clear.

Sorop­ti­mist Co­bramBa­rooga pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Jan Cullen said peo­ple came from across town to walk from Thomp­sons Beach to the Ba­rooga Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and en­joy a bar­be­cue break­fast.

‘‘We’ve been or­gan­is­ing events to raise money for White Rib­bon and Shep­par­ton’s Mar­ian Com­mu­nity for about three or four years — as far as I can re­mem­ber,’’ she said.

In past years, the group has held din­ners or com­mu­nity events, with this year be­ing the first for the state-to-state walk.

Ms Cullen said the Co­bram-Ba­rooga Sorop­ti­mist group hoped the event would grow in com­ing years and see more men take part.

‘‘I think we only had about two men par­tic­i­pate in the walk,’’ she said.

‘‘But we’re pleased by the sup­port we’ve re­ceived and we’re hop­ing it will build up to a ter­rific event.’’

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