Folklaw realised early on that this year’s Walk for Justice would be no stroll in the park.
Early Tuesday (13 May) morning, Folklaw joined hundreds of Sydney lawyers prepared to pound the pavement to raise money for Justice Connect’s MOSAIC program, which provides pro bono services to refugees and newly-arrived migrants.
When Folklaw arrived at the meeting point in Sydney’s Hyde Park, we felt mildly disappointed that we didn’t have an ‘It is legal to seek asylum’ T-shirt worn by members of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service.
But then we spotted a young lawyer dressed as Lady Justice (pictured right)...
Determined to make more of an effort next year, Folklaw set off on the walk through some of the most picturesque parts of Sydney’s CBD.
However, there was little time to stop and smell the begonias along Art Gallery Road; the walk quickly turned into a power walk and Folklaw (shamefully) struggled to keep up with this fit group of lawyers.
The chatter didn’t stop as the group wound its way through Woolloomooloo to the Domain, and Folklaw couldn’t help eavesdropping (sorry guys!). To the two smartly-dressed Wes Anderson fans, Folklaw agrees that The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of his best films.
The walk also inspired lawyers to exchange fitness and nutrition tips, while others took the chance to learn more about their workmates.
“It’s good to get to know your colleagues as you’re walking along,” said Jo Bailey from TressCox Lawyers.
Justin Le Blond, a special counsel at HWL Ebsworth, also told Folklaw that the walk was an opportunity to spend time with colleagues outside the office.
“It’s something that brings people together,” he said.
However, both Jo and Justin said the main reason they signed up for the walk was to support Justice Connect. Justin added that the MOSAIC program is “a great cause”.
Justice Connect (formerly PILCH) provides access to justice through pro bono services to marginalised and disadvantaged people and the community organisations that support them throughout Australia.
In addition to the Sydney fundraiser, Walk for Justice events were held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle.
Minter Ellison is currently the top walk fundraiser, contributing $2150 to the cause, followed closely by Arnold Bloch Leibler, which has raised $1295 so far.
However, donations are still coming in. To make a donation visit the Justice Connect website here.
Caption: (l-r) Robyn Davies and Holly Stone from Trilby Misso do the Walk for Justice in Brisbane.