Right lads. Four hours to go – no point in trying to sleep at this stage! I’m home and stocking up on bagels and tea for later on, got my raincoat & runners ready…it would only be a cause like Darkness Into Light that would have me up walking any kind of distance at 4am of a Saturday morning.
I’m dedicating my walk to my wonderful gentleman of a cousin Keith Smith, who was one of the most genuine, gentle souls to walk the earth, and who, like many others, died by suicide this year. Something in our mental health care system is letting down the most vulnerable of people, and until that changes, I guess all us ordinary non-government folk can do is stand up in a show of force to those who are struggling with the darkness, and in a mass symbolic gesture, tell them we understand, we know the pain. Some of us (me included) are doing the walk simply because we are here to do it, and I’ll be honest, 18 months ago I didn’t think I would be. But that’s a whole other story…
So we walk for you, those people who can’t, those who are not around any more even though they should be, who wish they could, who can’t see the wood for the trees, those who could maybe be just one more human interaction away from deciding to stick around…we walk for all of you.
Mind Yourselves. Best of Luck to everyone walking around the country today.