THE Portland Branch of Make-A-Wish Australia will march into its sixth annual Big Red Money Walk on Tuesday, raising money to help grant wishes for children with life threatening conditions.
The walk is from Melbourne to Portland, and Portland branch president Gail Jaensch has been overwhelmed with support for the 2012 walk, which will include the Collingwood Football Club.
“We have the entire playing list and coaching panel from Collingwood joining us on the first day of the walk,” Mrs Jaensch said.
“Collingwood sponsors Lexus have also come on board and are providing us with two support cars to use along the walk, along with another from Mark Smith Motors. Portland Signworks have also provided the signage for the cars.”
The Music Men, Wilbur Wilde, members of the Roulettes and the Water Police are also joining in the first leg of the walk.
The walk will start at 9.45am from the Federation Walking Track in Brooklyn, a little later than first intended so that Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley can broadcast his regular radio show live just before the walkers head off.
The idea for the walk came after Mrs Jaensch delivered a wish to a four-year-old boy who simply wished for “One Big Red Money” — $20 — to go shopping with.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.