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Parents do Million Paws Walk for Jamie-Leigh

Gordon couple Sheila and Markus Lynch lost their beloved younger daughter Jamie-Leigh just two months ago in a single-car accident.

The 26-year-old beauty therapist was found in her car by police during a routine patrol in the early hours of March 16 on Kambah Pool Road. The vehicle had hit a tree.

No one knows why the accident happened but her parents suspect their animal lover daughter may have swerved to avoid hitting a kangaroo.

"It was probably only a matter of two seconds between being on the road and hitting the tree," Mrs Lynch said.

The Lynches and their daughter Sally, who was just 14 months older than Jamie-Leigh, have always wanted to celebrate her life and her passion for animals.

They have entered a team in the the Million Paws Walk for the RSPCA ACT, which takes place around Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday.


Their entry is called Team Jim Jam, in honour of one of their many affectionate nick-names for Jamie-Leigh.

And the team is going great guns.

It has so far raised more money than any other team in Australia for the mega-popular walk - the first time a team from the ACT looks like securing the honour.

Team Jim Jam had by Friday morning broken the $10,000 mark - well ahead of the next team - with the tally steadily rising.

The Lynches are thrilled they have raised so much money for a cause their daughter heartily supported.

"The generosity of people has been incredible. We never thought we would get so far," Mrs Lynch said.

"Truly amazing," Mr Lynch said.

"And it also helps us in the grieving process," Mrs Lynch said.

The Lynches will be participating in the walk with Jamie-Leigh's three-legged Jack Russell, Fred, who will be ferried around in a pram, now that he is in his dotage.

The Million Paws Walk will start from Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park at 11am on Sunday but plenty of activities will be on hand from 9am. Walkers can register on the day.

Team Jim Jam are raising funds for the walk here.