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It was October last year when Bobby Walker’s mate took his own life and it moved Bobby to start a get-together locally to try to find ways to help people at risk.

Within four days the idea had snowballed into something very different and now Bobby is planning a walk from Noosa to Byron Bay to raise money for the suicide awareness charity Mindfull Aus (www.mindfullaus.org).

‘I began planning a walk to raise awareness, to encourage men to open up and to bring people of all walks together,’ said Bobby.

‘As soon as this started, my partner Andrew Fyffe jumped on board.’

Starting on May 20 in Noosa, Bobby and Andrew are planning to walk the 310km to Byron doing approximately 52km per day to raise money and awareness around suicide.

Sponsors sought

Currently they are looking for sponsors and donations to help pay for the costs of the walk and supply the equipment.

‘We need everything from shoes and hats to a support vehicle,’ continued Bobby.

The last day will be the walk from South Wall in Brunswick to Byron along the beach and they are hoping lots of people will join them for this section of the walk.

‘The parents of my friend who committed suicide will be crossing the finish line with us,’ said Bobby.

If you would like to donate equipment or become a sponsor then contact Bobby at [email protected], or donate online via the everyday hero link www.give. everydayhero.com/au/noosato-byron-for-the-boys-1.

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