Funds walks starts in Seddon

21:22, Feb 04 2014

Seddon will be the starting point for Christchurch-based alcohol and drug counsellor Sally Blackler when she begins a nine-day, 228km walk home for charity.

The Christchurch City Mission Alcohol & Drug counsellor is no stranger to long walks, having walked from Auckland to Christchurch in 2012, raising $35,000 for Canteen as a tribute to her late husband.

She also will not be alone, with colleagues from the City Mission walking from Seddon with her.

Sally's inspiration comes from her late husband, Sergeant Nathan Blackler, who in 2004 walked the length of New Zealand and raised $65,000 for Child Cancer.

City Mission staff have real awareness and empathy for people seeking their help - numbers they say are increasing.

"The number of people coming to get help in these areas has tripled alone in the past year. Many have never needed to get help from a community agency like the mission before," Sally says.


Since the earthquakes the mission has found a huge increase in the numbers of families struggling to meet basic needs . . . food, warmth, shelter. In particular, having adequate, affordable housing is a real challenge.

So some staff have decided to go a step further - many more steps. They are setting off on February 14 to walk from Seddon to Christchurch, on a fundraising walk.

"We want to raise awareness about the issues we come across everyday in our workplace, and be able to help in an ongoing practical way the people we see. We also want to show support to people in Seddon similarly affected," Sally says.

They would love people to join in as they walk through each town.

The final day, on February 22, will be a 22km walk from Kaiapoi to Christchurch.

They plan to arrive at Cathedral Square at 12:51pm, for a minute's silence to remember the events of February 22, 2011.

The final stage ends at the Christchurch City Mission, 284 Hereford St.

Click through to their Facebook page to follow their journey.

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