PERFECT weather greeted more than 200 walkers who hit the pavement at the breakwater yesterday.
The 2km and 5km walks were part of Walktober and Mental Health Week.
After the walk participants were treated to a healthy lunch at the breakwater.
Warrnambool City councillor Jacinta Ermacora welcomed participants, saying the day was a great way for people to be active and to socialise.
Council’s Healthy Communities Initiative program manager Clare Vaughan said for some people just turning up to the event was a big thing.
“For some people it’s brave for them to come,” she said.
“We can then engage them with services. It’s not just for people in need but also people with time on their hands.”
Ms Vaughan said the event had three purposes.
“People are getting out and exercising which is good for their body,” she said.
“Conversations with people are good for mental health. They come back and get some vegie soup and fruit donated by Materia Brothers Fruit and Veg.”
The day was supported by Brophy Family and Youth Services, Warrnambool City Council, headspace, South West Healthcare mental health services and Aspire.