Beechworth to Bridge founder Lisa Cartledge is again planning to put on her walking shoes to stamp out the stigma of suicide.
This time the mum of three, who lost her beloved husband Sean to suicide in 2014, will be on the move closer to home with a three-day walk from Beechworth to Bright from March 28 to 30, 2019.
She’s hoping the local community will walk with her this time and continue the conversation about the elephant in the room.
The 2019 event follows the inaugural B2B walk earlier this year, which saw a core group of eight take on an epic 720-kilometre walk over three weeks.
After Sean’s death, Ms Cartledge was determined her children would not suffer the silence and shame that can shroud the loss of someone to suicide.
So she took to the road to walk and talk with communities about the issues, stopping in pubs each night along the way.
Ms Cartledge said the 2019 shorter walk to Bright would require a lot less fitness and be more like a casual stroll.
Still, walkers will cover about 25 kilometres on each of the three days.
She will hold a fundraiser to support the event on Saturday, February 9, 2009 at The Old Priory, Beechworth.
It’s a ‘70s disco night that will run from 6.30pm to 11.30pm with tickets $50 per person.
Ms Cartledge said while she hadn’t changed the world with her marathon walk this year, “baby steps” had been taken in spreading awareness.
“Even among my family, people know how great it is to talk and reminisce about Sean,” she said.
“The flow-on effect has been that other people have told me they now feel able to talk about their loved ones without shame.”
Ms Cartledge’s first B2B walk finished at the north side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge – the place where Sean had proposed to her.
It was a fitting end to a brave personal journey that also raised nearly $30,000 for suicide prevention and awareness-raising.
- For details or to buy tickets go to the Beechworth to Bridge Facebook page.