THERE’S a long walk ahead for a group of students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College, who will trek 250 kilometres to raise money for headspace.
Year 10 students Philip Stahl, Tyler Scott, Nick Fitzsimons and Mitch Walker are preparing for the event called “Path to Peace of Mind” which will take place between October 30 and November 6.
The boys will begin fund-raising this week by putting tins in businesses around Wodonga as well as writing letters to companies requesting sponsorship.
Philip said they wanted to do the walk to show their commitment to raising awareness about mental health.
“We think doing the walk is a better way to show that we are serious about raising the awareness of the headspace centre and we understand that there are places around the region apart from Albury-Wodonga that will benefit from it,” he said.
“We are all aware that there a quite a few people around us who are suffering from depression and mental illness and we know it was a bit of a struggle to get headspace in Albury-Wodonga, so we wanted to support a charity in the region that we knew people in the area would get behind.”
Philip said although the boys didn’t have a financial target, but they hope to raise as much money and awareness as possible.
“Part of the awareness will be we will select a few schools that are interested and make stops at the schools during the walk and talk to them about what headspace is and how it can benefit them,” he said.
They hope to walk from Wodonga to Corowa on day one, then visit Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Kiewa and Tallangatta during the walk.
On the final day of the walk, the boys will make their way through Bonegilla and Bandianna before reaching their final destination at Gateway Community Health in Wodonga.
The students will be making a Facebook page and brochures to inform the community about the fund-raiser.