Thank you

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who responded when i reached out to you. Your response was overwhelming. I don’t know how to adequately thank you but you give me more motivation and the means to continue. This walk is our walk!
My money situation became a bit embarrassing on the weekend and i needed to ask for help.
I imagine myself being able to survive without money but in reality i feel like i have failed at life when it looks like my next meal will come from a bin, i start sizing up public parks for camping near public toilets and spotting taps that still have their handles so i can have a quick little splash bath and wash some clothes under the cover of darkness. I was also scared i had become a category 1 homeless person, struggling to hold onto my dignity while walking around Australia for Lifeline and mental health awareness. It doesn’t make sense.
It is hard to imagine in 2012 i was wealthy thanks to a gift from my parents. I never hesitated to help others and support good causes because saving lives, helping friends and protecting Earth was/is more important than my own money or possessions. How things have changed. My values have not changed but my ability to act on them has.
It is an humiliating desperation born of my reluctance to keep reminding people of what i’m doing, why i’m doing it and hoping some will deem it worthy of their financial support. If you have been following since the walk began it might feel like i’m nagging after a few requests each year. I don’t want you to feel like that so i try not to ask.
On Sunday and Monday i had the added stresses of an injury needing professional help before it created too many other problems and a miscommunication that lead to this weeks food supply box still sitting on the shelf back at basecamp when i went to collect from the post office.
I had $3.53 to my name and no idea how i was going to get through the week. It takes me a lot of courage to ask for help but i reached out to supporters through Instagram and the previous blog update explaining my predicament and hoping for kindness, compassion and deep hearted generosity. The crowdfund is at The Happy Walk GoFundMe.
Thank you to Mum and Dad, Steve and Sil, Phil, Lisa and Tony, Melinda and Family, Kimmi, Sarah, Mel and Bethany, Q, Fran, Barry, Louise, Katz, Dr Kate, The Brooks, Jayson, Sharyn, Kate, Jason, Lauren and Justin, Karen, Nathan and Sandra for your donations!!!
Thank you for the phone calls and messages of encouragement and love!!!
Thank you for sharing The Happy Walk in conversation and the links with your social media networks!!!
Today i could afford to visit the podiatrist, eat salad, use data on my phone and do laundry because of you. The podiatrist, Jason at Stepping Out Landsborough, also donated a custom fit mould for my toe when he found out what i am doing!

Since completing the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk i have received even more generous support through accommodation sponsorships and food.
On Sunday night The Spotted Chook Ferme Auberge, a beautiful French style BnB in Montville donated a night in one of their rooms with a big bathtub which i soaked in for 2 hours. I have never enjoyed a bath so much in my life. Thank you Jane and Leeroy for your generous spirit of giving.

Last night after 8, arriving in Landsborough 3hrs late, lost and in a fragile emotional state i found the Pines Caravan Park. When the manager, Lisa, came down to help me i fell apart from pain, exhaustion and relief. Then Lisa donated the Birdsong cabin for the night so i could fully rest and recover. Thank you for your empathy and care for my wellbeing.

This morning Lisa organised for Henry & Co Organic Cafe to donate breakfast and coffee. I couldn’t believe how much i was craving mushrooms, avocado and spinach until it was placed on the table and i devoured it!

Tomorrow night Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge have donated a room after i spend the day wandering through some of the most picturesque and culturally significant pinnacles in Australia.
On the weekend i am taking a 2 day break with old friends, Greg and Cyndy, on the Gold Coast before returning to resume the walk near Brisbane next week. I will not be walking through the city because of mental health reasons and i get terribly lost in towns and cities but i am still looking for somewhere quiet to stay in Brisbane on Friday night so i can meet any friends, family and supporters who have time and transport.
I still haven’t written about or shared photos from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk but i’ll get onto it soon. The photos are slowly being sorted, about 80% get deleted then some need filtering. I realised a lot of my old phone’s limitations last week in dark forest with bright sun or cloud glare slicing through or washing it out around midday and low res in low light between dusk and dawn. When beauty is everywhere all day i must take photos. At least it is a Samsung Galaxy S, the best mobile phone cameras, even if it is 4 generations old. I can’t and don’t need to buy a new phone camera but am open for Samsung sponsorship.
This update has been written tonight on a note app but i will post it tomorrow morning with free wifi, i hope it doesn’t confuse you.

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Media Release – The Happy Walk

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).

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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.

thehappywalker@gmail.com

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

https://www.instagram.com/thehappywalk/