Jimmy lifts charity's profile by walking around Australia
SOME may call him crazy, but Jimmy Harrington is walking around Australia to save lives.
After meeting a young girl named Emily who had been diagnosed with brain cancer Jimmy decided that he needed to make a difference.
"I wasn't heavily involved with charity work, I did the World's Greatest Shave," he said.
"Emily really sparked a change."
The trip around Australia is raising money and awareness for the Brainchild foundation, which helps children suffering from brain cancer.
Theft and an ingrown toenail have been the only major hiccups on the trip so far with the positives far outweighing the negatives.
"It's been really good so far. We've had a lot of support and people donating money, so it's been great," he said.
"I was in Halls Creek in Western Australia when the van was broken into and $1500 worth of gear was
stolen and around the same time I was dealing with an ingrown toenail that I had to have operated on, but I was up and walking again in a few days."
Getting to meet people doing similar endeavours has been a highlight for Jimmy.
He got to meet Samuel Johnson - who is unicycling around Australia to raise money for breast cancer - and an elderly couple running around Australia to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Planning is key to organising a trip of this magnitude and Jimmy did a lot of it.
"It did take a little bit to figure out how to do things, so I contacted a lady who had walked around Australia twice before," he said.
"I started getting sponsors; the first one was Banana Boat and then I started planning routes, it was a bit confusing, but I got the hang of it."
Jimmy believes it's important to support charities.
"It's very important, especially for this cause because brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths."
- Jimmy started May 19, 2013
- He walks an average of 50km per day
- He has walked 10,500km so far
- Total Journey is 16,000km
- $81,000 has been raised so far
- His goal is $300,000
- The trip will take 12 and a half months
- He will be the youngest person to walk around Australia
- He trained for a year before starting the trip
- He is 20 years old