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Bobby Walker is doing it for the boys. Photo supplied.

When Bobby Walker’s mate took his own life, it changed Bobby’s life forever. Wanting to help people at risk Bobby decided that he would do a walk ‘for the boyss’ from Noosa to Byron Bay. He plans to do the 310kms in just six days to raise money for the suicide awareness charity MindfullAus.

Bobby will be doing the walk with his brother Guy Walker and the CEO of MindfullAus Matt Runnalls. They will be walking  an average of 52km per day.

Working full time it has been a challenge to create the time for all the preparation and training required said Bobby who has been walking and running 30–50km a week.

Nonetheless ‘It has been really positive experience,’ said Bobby.

‘I have learnt a lot about myself and others.’

While they now have most of the equipment they need they are still asking for sponsorship to raise money for this much needed cause.

‘We’ve raised eight and a half thousand dollars so far,’ said Bobby.

Walk in solidarity

For the final day of the walk, May 25, Bobby is asking locals to join them and the parents of his friend who committed suicide to walk fro the South wall in Brunswick to Main Beach Byron. Turn up at 12noon at the South wall to join the walkers.

Surf club celebration

If you can’t join them for the walk then you can drop into the Byron Surf Club from 6pm and welcome them home and help raise awareness of mental health issues.

‘We’ll be hearing from the mother of my friend who committed suicide and some other great people and we’ll get to listen to musician Nick Cunningham,’ said Bobby.

Stone and Wood beers will be available, there will be some great raffles and a one metre platter from poor girls pantry.

Tickets for the evening event can be picked up here.

If you would like to contact Bobby email [email protected], follow him on instagram ‘fortheboyss’


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