MORE than 300 Shoalhaven residents united in a walk against violence, in support of 76-year-old bashing victim Francois Beugels, in North Nowra on Monday night.
People from as far as Culburra Beach joined the walk, which left from the North Nowra Tavern to Pitt Street along Page Avenue and back again.
Susan Evans from North Nowra and her daughter Nicole McCann helped organise the event to strengthen a sense of community and have people keep a neighbourly eye out for one another.
“Francois wasn’t in a fit state to attend; he said he was too emotional among people just yet,” Mrs Evans said.
“The message I want to get out there is for communities everywhere not to accept situations like the one Francois found himself in, but to be proactive.
“Stand up and do something about it, don’t just treat something like this as last week’s news,” she said.
Mrs Evans said she had a hand
doing a rough headcount and there was a turnout of between 300 and 400 walkers.
“I’m still on a high from it. We had so many positive comments about the walk and I would love to do it again,” Mrs Evans said.
“The turnout was amazing. We had police officers out of uniform and children, and I was amazed at the distance some people travelled to get there last night.
“Everyone was so friendly and we all had so much fun and that’s what it should be like for everyone going for a daily walk.
“I want people to get out and keep walking and safely enjoy themselves outside,” she said.
Mr Beugels’ supporters have offered to roll up their sleeves and help out by cleaning the gutters of his house. Many people who were not able to make the walk have donated money.