Friday, 28 August 2009

Today I walked with Lance Hockridge

Today I had the privilege of joining the CEO of Queensland Rail, Lance Hockridge, about 100 Queensland Rail staff and other "externals" on the Queensland Rail/Australia's CEO Challenge "Wake up and Walk to help stop domestic violence", across 4km of Brisbane.

The walk started and finished at railway stations- where else? Starting at Newmarket station, we ambled through parks and along bikeways, seeing parts of my city that this Brisbane family lawyer had either forgotten about, or did not know existed. The walk ended at Roma Street station, where brekkie awaited us.

For me, QR's endorsement of a strong message against domestic violence was especially poignant, after having acted for a number of former partners of violent QR employees.

The walk was organised as part of Lance's bid as a racer with Australia's CEO Challenge Ltd (a charity helping end domestic violence, of which I am a director). Lance said that so far he had raised over $16,000 as part of his fundraising efforts. Amazing stuff.

Lance's fundraising efforts can be found here:

Before the walk- at the gathering point near Newmarket station

Several Australia's CEO Challenge supporters, including yours truly

Lance Hockridge stating how domestic violence is one of the top 5 health risks to women

Queensland Rail is opposed to violence against women

Yes Lance, you have a very LOUD horn!

On the way through Finsbury Park

Such enthusiastic walkers

Up to the landbridge

This is when I discovered the lack of grip on my shoes

Finally, breakfast at Roma Street!

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