Welcome to the website of Michael Mitchell's Great Australian Cancer Bush Walk.
This is just the early stages of my new website. Watch out for new sections soon!
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THE WALK THROUGH PHOTOS
Click Here to view the Flickr photo gallery from The Great Australian Cancer Bush Walk. This gallery is in reverse order from finish to start. Sort of weird but start at the last page and enjoy the journey across the country from North to South.
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Michael’s fund raising efforts have currently reached almost $20,000 for the benefit of The Cancer Council. Despite this figure being disappointing to himself, Michael’s walk attracted a large amount of media interest and public awareness of his cause along his route from North to South.
Michael’s route included following the old Overland Telegraph Line through the interior of Cape York Peninsula before joining the Bicentennial National Trail near the town of Mount Molloy, Queensland. This trail, made famous by the legendary Australian bushman, RM Williams was followed for nearly 4,000km, taking Michael to the nation’s capital, Canberra. From here he chose to follow the 650km long Australian Alps Walking Track to Walhalla in Victoria before linking up small country roads through South Gippsland to The Prom.
Over the year, Michael took part in nearly seventy newspaper articles and radio interviews as well as several appearances on regional television news services. Just days before leaving Melbourne to begin the walk, Michael was a featured guest on Channel Ten’s morning program, 9AM with Dave & Kim. Along the walk, Michael was invited to speak at a number of schools and community gatherings. One notable example was as key speaker at the Lithgow Australia Day Celebrations. Michael was honoured to share the stage with legendary ABC sports commentator and Australia Day Ambassador, Norman May OAM.
Since finishing The Walk, Michael has endeavoured to raise further funds for The Cancer Council by giving presentations to schools and groups such as Rotary Clubs in his home town of Melbourne and regional centers. He has begun writing a book wishing to share his experiences of the people and issues he encountered along his walk through the Australian bush. Also, the planning and organisation behind a trans- continental bush walk is a part of his story to be told. Michael is keen to find other ways of furthering awareness of his walk and raising more funds and awareness for cancer research.
“This website is to serve many purposes including acknowledging and thanking those people who were so supportive of my walk both back at home and along the track from May ’08 to May ‘09. It will also tell the post- walk story as I try to spread awareness of my availability as a guest speaker to schools and community groups. I believe my experiences will inspire others to follow their dreams just as others have inspired me”