Walkers pound the road to raise money

Last updated 07:59 18/02/2014
Christchurch City Mission
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HITTING THE ROAD: Walkers from the Christchurch City Mission, from left, Ana Granago, Phil Clarke, Fran Guarienti, Ashleigh Diggleman, Ray Boardman, Sally Blackler and Neve Soryl.

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A Christchurch drug and alcohol counsellor walking 288 kilometres from Seddon to Christchurch to help raise money for earthquake victims is more than half-way through her journey.

Sally Blackler and 10 of her colleagues from the Christchurch City Mission are today on day five of their nine-day slog, having negotiated the Hundalee Hills yesterday.

Blackler left Seddon School on Friday for the first 21.3km leg to Ward, joined by members of Seddon Anglican Churchand army personnel from Woodbourne.

Blackler and her colleagues hope to raise $5000.

Blackler said the hot weather had made the walk tough going.

"We have all had aches and blisters - all the things you don't expect when walking but really notch up when you are walking up to eight hours every day. You just keep on going and march on."

The support of the community had been instrumental in pushing the walking mission.

Blackler chose Seddon as the starting point after the earthquakes centred near the township in July and August.

"Earthquakes caused a range of societal issues we see daily in Christchurch City Mission. Seddon is still having aftershocks from last year's earthquakes. It was quite traumatic for people at that time.

"In Christchurch people turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with their mental health problems."

Donate to the mission at givealittle.co.nz/org/ChcMission or through citymission.org.nz

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