Harry Vidal will has begun an epic eight-month trek to retrace the steps of explorers Burke and Wills and raise money for beyondblue, the Weekly Times reports.
Mr Vidal, his trusty Clydesdale horses George and Henry and loyal dalmation-border collie-cross Akeesha, hitched his homemade wagon and left from Royal Park, where Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills began their ill-fated trip in 1860.
The 3250km trek, titled Harry’s Epic Journey, will take Mr Vidal through some of Australia’s harshest terrain towards his destination at Normanton and a fundraising goal of $50,000 for beyondblue.
“I’m fundraising for beyondblue because the organisation does so much to help people in rural areas, such as Australia’s farmers, who are doing it tough,” he said. “The suicide rate in rural and remote areas is almost double the rate of major cities.
“My journey will take me through some of the harshest areas of the country where farmers are doing their best every day to provide essentials for the rest of us.
“The least I can do is to give something back.”
Harry’s Epic Journey in the footsteps of Burke and Wills (The Weekly Times)
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