Participants in the Westpac Helicopter Charity Walk warm up at Moonee Beach on Sunday.
Participants in the Westpac Helicopter Charity Walk warm up at Moonee Beach on Sunday.

Large crowd steps out for Westpac chopper charity walk

A CROWD of more than 600 people took part in the inaugural Coffs Coast Charity Walk for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Under an overcast sky participants gathered at Moonee Beach before heading off along the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk.

Around 30 runners opted for a 21km half marathon course to Mutton Bird Island, across to the harbour break wall before finishing with the walkers at Lower Park Beach Reserve.

As they enjoyed the gala finish line event with family and friends the buzz was about how much they enjoyed the day.

Participants in the Westpac chopper charity walk on Park Beach nearing the finish line.
Participants in the Westpac chopper charity walk on Park Beach nearing the finish line.

Helicopter events coordinator Kellie Pinkerton said not even a late shower dimmed the enthusiasm of entrants.

"People were really happy to have participated and most have vowed to be back next year," Ms Pinkerton said.

"We are thrilled with the response from the Coffs community who showed their support for the Helicopter.

"A big thanks to our major sponsor Woollams and other sponsors, community groups, volunteers and staff who helped make the day such a success."

Ms Pinkerton said teams had worked hard to fundraise with the final total expected to be around $30,000.

Photos of the event are on the Helicopter's Facebook page



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