Graphic: Outback walk raises vital mental health and wellbeing awareness
They did it! Alli Nevil and Margaret Symes have successfully completed their incredible walk from Tibooburra to Broken Hill, covering more than 300km, in support of our mental health and wellbeing services.
No stranger to this trek, Marg first completed the route in spring 2021 and raised over $20,000 for the RFDS but wanted to up the ante in 2023, so decided to commence in late November and finished up two weeks later.
“It was the best experience!” Alli said of her first outback walk.
“Marg is an inspiration and Ross (Marg’s husband who was following along in the support car) is unbelievable. It is such a tremendous feeling to be involved,” Alli said.
They had to deal with temperatures reaching more than 40 degrees and the desolate stretch of road, walking on average about 25kms per day.
“The last five to 10kms in the heat you could feel it rising from the ground,” Marg said.
Like the first time, Marg’s husband, Ross, was again in a support vehicle the entire way, and help came from locals at Packsaddle, Tibooburra and Milparinka when the three stopped in along the way.
“Thank you to those who supported us along the 300km journey. Everyone has been so generous it’s fantastic,” Marg said.
On the final night, they celebrated in town with the Broken Hill community at a charity auction, raising further funds for the Broken Hill Wellbeing Place.
Our Broken Hill Wellbeing Place offers a safe and welcoming environment for all people to access professional mental health, wellbeing, alcohol and other drug support and engage in therapeutic activities.