Walkers highlight the impact of arthritis

A SMALL but determined group pounded the pavement to raise awareness of arthritis. 

The Warrnambool walk was just one of hundreds held around Australia to mark the start of National Arthritis Awareness Week.

Members of the Warrnambool Arthritis Support Group took a casual stroll along the foreshore promenade, and spokeswoman Lorraine O’Brien said it was all about giving publicity to the crippling condition. 

“Many people think it’s just a disease that old people get, but that isn’t true. Arthritis effects young people as well,” Mrs O’Brien said. 

“It’s something that affects almost every family.” 

Mrs O’Brien said the Warrnambool group had done the walk for the “last few years”. 

She said the Warrnambool support group met once every two months and has a social-style event on the other month. 

“We also have four water exercise classes a week and have an extensive library with all sorts of information,” she said. 

“We are a support group. We aim to help people understand the condition and point them in the right direction to find information.” 

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