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13 October, 2020

Stopping crime one step at a time.

On Sunday, October 11 over 117 people set off on foot across the Tablelands fundraising for Crime Stoppers Far North.

By Phil Brandel

On Sunday, October 11 over 117 people set off on foot across the Tablelands fundraising for Crime Stoppers Far North.

There were two walks that participants could complete including a 14-kilometre round trip from Walkamin to Mt Emerald winds farms and back.

The second walk was an 8-kilometre walk from Walkamin to the Rocky Creek igloo and back.

Committee Member of Crime Stoppers North Queensland Branch Norma Moloney said that the day was a resounding success. “Everybody enjoyed themselves and we had a lot of positive feedback,” she said

“A lot of people were asking when the next walk was going to be as they wanted to come back and do it again.”

At last count, they had raised approximately $5000 dollars which Norma said they would use to build a mobile BBQ.

“The BBQ trailer will enable us to go further afield, we will be able to go to the Cape and out to Normanton,” she said

“If there is a community event happening anywhere in FNQ, we can take it with us and set up a BBQ.

“It will help us to raise funds running a sausage sizzle, but it will also give us a visual presence across the Tablelands and The Cape.

“We want people to know that if they have any information or witness anything suspicious they can report it anonymously.”

Norma said she wanted to say thanks to the team at RATCH Australia for allowing them to walk around their property otherwise the event wouldn’t have happened.

“We thought a walk around the wind turbines would be a great way to start,” she said.

“On the wind farm walk the oldest person was 82 and the youngest was 7 years old, so we had great support from right across the community.”

The idea for a charity walk came to Norma when she completed the Speewah to the hat walk in August. “I got thinking about ways to raise funds, I thought a hike would be a fun way to raise funds,” she said.

“We had a huge amount of community support, but we are always looking for new members or volunteers.”

Crime Stoppers Queensland is a registered charity and volunteer community organisation. Their purpose is to empower the community to provide information that supports the solving and prevention of crime.

Crime Stoppers was first established in 1989 as a national collective of eight Crime Stopper organisations operating in every state and territory in Australia.

According to their website “Crime Stoppers is Australia’s most trusted information receiving service for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crimes and suspicious activity without saying who they are.”

“Our efforts encourage people to share what they know, especially for cross-border crimes such as illicit drug manufacture, importation and distribution, wanted fugitives and illegal firearms.”

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