Westside Espresso fundraiser for Rambling for Renal

Margaret Watts and Nancy Burton had a busy morning decorating the lion before the fundraiser at Westside Espresso on Saturday. Photo: Rachel Baxter.
Margaret Watts and Nancy Burton had a busy morning decorating the lion before the fundraiser at Westside Espresso on Saturday. Photo: Rachel Baxter.

A sea of red balloons lined Westside Espresso on Saturday – and it was all for Nicki Scholes-Robertson.

The mother-of-three will tackle a 510 kilometre walk from Armidale to Sydney to raise awareness for renal failure and just how far Armidale is from certain medical services.

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Nicki Scholes-Robertson and Ros Noakes at the Rambling for Renal fundraiser on Saturday morning.

Nicki Scholes-Robertson and Ros Noakes at the Rambling for Renal fundraiser on Saturday morning.

“We’re going until about 11:30am,” Mrs Scholes-Robertson told The Express.

“A lot of people that did parkrun are here and Michael, the shopowner here has organised a dollar from every coffee to go toward the cause.”

The team also have a donation box and a raffle box with a variety of prizes including plants, a massage and a beauty pack.

All prizes were donated from local businesses.

Half of the money raised from the walk will go to Armidale’s Renal Unit and the other 50 per cent will be donated to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Transplant Institute.

Ros Noakes organised the event after hearing about Mrs Scholes-Robertson’s trek. 

“I first met Nicki through the gardening club and parkrun,” she said.

“Transplant recipients are very close to my heart.

“I just thought ‘well I can make a difference in some little way’.

“People have been so generous.”