Media Release for The Happy Walk- A Lap for Lifeline
The Last Leg
The Happy Walk is a 16,000km solo walk around Australia without support vehicles raising funds for Lifeline Australia’s 24/7 mental health crisis hotline, 13 11 14, and raising awareness about wellbeing, recovery and suicide prevention.
Ms Terra Lalirra, a 44yo Australian woman, has been walking for two years and more than 10,700kms along the most remote and scenic stretches of National Highway 1. In 2016 she will walk another 5,500kms completing a scenic lap of Australia before December. In May Terra will start walking the final 5,500km leg from Katherine to Canberra via Townsville.
Pushing her bright yellow and blue custom built barrow, nicknamed Dory, beside the road Terra carries an important message about hope, reaching out for help and talking about mental illness, suicide and Lifeline. In the hope it encourages others to hold onto hope in their darkest days, knowing they are not alone and things will get better, she shares her own story of discovering joy and learning to love life after trying to take her own life in 2010.
Terra has chosen Lifeline as her fundraising cause to thank them for helping her after she phoned 13 11 14, their 24/7 crisis hotline, when she relapsed during the first year of recovery from depression and complex post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Happy Walk is an authorised Lifeline fundraiser. Every dollar donated to http://makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/thehappywalk goes directly to the 24/7 hotline, each donation saves lives. Terra hopes to raise at least $100,000 for Lifeline before December 2016.
The Happy Walk has helped save many lives. Terra’s message has reached hundreds of thousands of people through interviews, talks and many one-on-one encounters beside the highway.
In the process of saving lives and helping Lifeline Terra has unintentionally become the first woman to walk from Perth to Darwin solo without a support vehicle and will soon achieve the same around Australia.
Terra can be contacted via email or phone.
0487264508 (Telstra mobile)
It is not unusual for her to be out of range but she will reply when she receives your message.
For the latest updates The Happy Walk can be followed via social media