Each step a group of walkers take on Saturday, August 11 will support women and children in crisis.
(min cost $8)
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They will walk 30 kilometres from Huskisson’s White Sands Park to Booderee National Park and back, knowing their minor discomfort cannot compare to what women and children who are under threat face.
Walkers will take part in the Sahssi 30 event from 8.30am to support SAHSSI (Supported Accommodation & Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra).
Huskisson's Jo Warren is helping to drive this community event and knows people are prepared to help a good cause.
She said at the end of the day the walk was all about supporting people in need.
“One thing I would say to people is that when you look at your own life and you recognise you have the capacity to help others in such a small way then what a beautiful way to do it,” she said.
“The energy around this community event last year was something very special.
“It’s something special to push yourself that 15 kilometres and take a breath and turn back.”
Ms Warren said the walk’s physical demands could not compare to the pain that women and children in crisis face.
The Huskisson resident said the walk needed to be a personal challenge and she encouraged people to set personal challenges.
“I had some great talks with people last year who had been completely overwhelmed with their ability to do this event and that was really special,” she said.
“So if it's a little bit hard people can go ‘wow I am doing this because it’s important’.”
Ms Warren said the inaugural walk last year was amazing and did not expect it to be such a success.
“I was nervous coming into it because people tend to be a bit slow with registrations and then I was really incredibly surprised and overwhelmed when on the day when over 100 people turned up and lots of people donated money without turning up,” she said.
Lots of goods like toiletries for women and children were also donated to this important cause.
“What was interesting and what people said to me again and again was they were really wanted to contribute to something that was local and that they knew where the money would go,” she said.
“They also wanted to do something that would support specifically women and children in crisis in the Shoalhaven.”
Over 100 people walked last year and helped raise over $14,500.
SAHSSI uses all the money it receives in donations to provide direct support to women and children and children across a range of areas
Ms Warren said no money was used for administration costs - it all went straight to the cause which will be the same this year.
“The support can be simple and people made cakes, muffins or supplied trays of food for people when they finished the walk,” Ms Warren said.
Some staff from a cafe donated their tips.
The walk’s route, with some slight modifications, will be the same as last year and walkers can enjoy looking at the glorious coastal area.
The community from the Husky Park Runners, Husky Yoga, Jervis Bay CWA, local businesses and the Australian Defence Force are all coming on board to support the August 11 walk.
SAHSSI uses all the money it receives in donations to provide direct support to women and children and this can be across a range of areas including, but not limited to, emergency supplies (food, toiletries), household items, furniture, whitegoods and clothing when women resettle.
Money is used to access sport and recreation activities for children who are homeless or at risk, employment and education access for women.
It’s SAHSSI’s strategy over the next two years to raise sufficient funds to purchase additional accommodation in the Shoalhaven. Some of its larger donations, as well as operational savings, will go towards that end.
SAHSSI has only been supporting women in the Shoalhaven since October 2014.
In that time the organsiation has supported around 1,197 women and provided accommodation to 235 children.
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