Geelong community to walk in legal aid campaign

May 13, 2017 by  

For the first time, residents of Geelong will be joining in the annual Walk for Justice.

Organised as part of National Pro Bono Day and coinciding with Law Week, Walk for Justice participants will raise funds donated by sponsors to assist with the provision of free assistance with legal matters for those who cannot otherwise afford to hire a lawyer, but do not qualify for legal aid provided by the government.

Organised by Justice Connect and the Law Institute of Victoria, the route spans five kilometres, with walkers encouraged to join with friends and family for the event. Justice Connect works in collaboration with lawyers to promote willingness to undertake pro bono work for disadvantaged members of the community, and to provide support in these activities.

The Law Institute of Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that has been actively involved in the legal profession in Victoria since 1859, and now boasts close to 20,000 members. Its aim is to support the development of members, both personally and professionally. Walkers in an event such as this are likely to be utilising banner printing and other visual means.

People will be able to Walk for Justice on Tuesday, May 16 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, starting from the Geelong Magistrates’ Court in Railway Terrace. This event is open to all ages.