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Tim's walking from Canberra to Cape York for mental health

STOPOVER: Adventure-seeker Tim Shmigel is travelling from Canberra to Cooktown to raise money for Lifeline. He has just passed through Biloela and Kroombit Tops.
STOPOVER: Adventure-seeker Tim Shmigel is travelling from Canberra to Cooktown to raise money for Lifeline. He has just passed through Biloela and Kroombit Tops. CONTRIBUTED

HE'S just 22 years of age but Tim Shmigel has had a rough start in life.

Mr Shmigel has faced many mental challenges and has taken life with a negative twist for a many years.

Mr Shmigel said he personally dealt with suicide seriously three times, ending up being scheduled twice and spending an extended time in both public and private psychiatric wards.

It is because of these life experiences that he has wanted to take on a mammoth walk from the Bicentennial National Trail in Canberra all the way up to Cooktown and then make a final dash along 4WD tracks to Cape York.

This week Mr Shmigel passed through Gladstone.

"Personally I have hope that through this walk I can raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in Australia, the ways that we can talk about it, and the basic everyday things we can do to help each other," he said.

"All in all, the walk is around 5600km.

"I'm hoping to crack a pace of over 30km a day to finish in approximately six and a half months."

Mr Shmigel has chosen Lifeline as the charity of choice for all the donations he has received.

So far $28,838 has been raised, but his goal is $60,000.

He wrote on his Facebook social media page 'Everyday Steps' of his trek: "There's snow in the Alps, -10C in New England, Southern Queensland frosting over, but here in central Queensland I'm wearing a singlet after having spent two days out on the coast, swimming and running about Great Keppel Island, exploring its huge empty beaches.

"If my memory serves me right, the other night I ended up staying a day around the Monto area after a friendly local got me a pie at Mungungo pub and invited me over to his home."

Just days later he wrote on his latest destination and of how he always looks to the sky.

"Greetings from the Western Razorback in Kroombit Tops NP," he said.

"Though starting in the clouds, the day has cleared, as I move west and downhill to a large dam outside of Biloela.

"It's a lovely thought that today I'll have people walking with me too, strolling through trees and leaves, just enjoying being outside. Thank you so much everyone for your support, the warmth and kindness."

Lifeline has been helping Australians through suicide for more than 50 years.

Mr Shmigel says, in doing this walk, he sincerely hopes to raise as much support as possible to help them continue to provide the incredible service they do every day.

To make a donation visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/tim-56 or keep up to date with his progress via his Facebook page Everyday Steps.

Need help?

Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to lifeline.org.au.

Topics:  editors picks, everyday hero, fundraising, gladstone, suicide, walk




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