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Gruelling challenge raises funds for struggling Australians

Former rugby league star, Chris Walker undertook a gruelling 71-day, 1,757 km walk from Cairns to the Gold Coast for Australian individuals, families and communities reeling from the long-lasting impact of Covid-19.

The mammoth challenge, appropriately named the ‘Walk of a Lifetime’, raised awareness and much-needed funds for Beyond Blue, RizeUp, Alcohol and Drug Foundation, and Global Awakening.

Poor mental health, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic and family violence is on the rise, driven by the financial and emotional stress of the pandemic.

The brutal 2,500,000-step trek included various stops to meet with locals and promote the work of partner charities.

The Lottery Office has donated $10,000 to support Chris’ efforts.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said the tenacity and commitment shown by Chris to help others was ‘incredible’.

“I am inspired by Chris’ selflessness and strength undertaking such a gruelling journey on behalf of struggling Australians,” Ms Wood said.

“These charities have given hope to so many people and given we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, it’s vital they can continue the amazing work that they do.”

The Lottery Office donates a percentage of the cost of every ticket sold to charities across the country, allowing the organisation to make a positive impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to Chris Walker’s ‘Walk of a lifetime’ to visit the Fund My Challenge website.

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