National Pro Bono Day and
Walk for Justice 2013
The Walk for Justice 2013 was the most successful to date, raising over $120,000 for pro bono clearing houses in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria
This impressive figure was raised by over 2,000 friends of the clearing houses, who registered to brave the early morning May weather in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney and Townsville. In the six years since its inception, the Walk has steadily increased in attendance, coverage, sponsorship and money raised.
The first Walk for Justice, inspired by the London Legal Walk, was held simultaneously in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in 2008. A little over $30,000 was raised that year, which may pale in comparison to this year’s figure but was nonetheless a welcome boost to the funds available to help people who needed but could not afford legal assistance. The particular value of these fundraising events is that, unlike most funding obtained by pro bono clearing houses, which is earmarked for particular projects and services, the money can be flexibly allocated on a needs basis. For example in 2008 some of the funds raised were used by PILCH Victoria to purchase basic infrastructure that was vital for the running of the office, like a working photocopier.
For a selection of contempory coverage (and photos) click on the links below: