Posted by: WalkingOurWorld
February 11, 2017
From the 9th December last year until the 23rd, culminating in a rally at King George Square, I walked for the first time for a really specific cause – Children in detention in Australian detention centres. Our government would have you believe that there are no longer any children in detention in Australia, but this is completely misleading. When you investigate a little it becomes clear that there are still many children, men and women in detention, whether it be in the prison on Nauru (which the Australian government doesn’t count because its a different nation 21 square kilometres in size) or in a range of detention centres across Australia or in community detention, which is still a prison for these people.
Scott Collins and I walked the 211 kilometres from Byron Bay to Brisbane in two weeks with the constant support of Iri Vallianos and support from Danny Miles, Kathy and Sophie Reed (Sophie is 7) and a host of other folk along the way.
I walked the entire two weeks in silence. Now that is a big call for me and I learned a lot about how much blather there is in our everyday conversations and how much I contribute to that. The experience has changed me once again, in ways that I never imagined when I set out on this mission to go walkingourworld.
It was an insightful journey. Its amazing how people will step up if they have the opportunity, offering food, accommodation, friendship and time to support an action such as this. Heartfelt thanks.
It can never be completely clear whether the action has really achieved progress for the lives of these refugees seeking a home in Australia, but it is clear that our #walkingsilence did keep the pressure on for a shift in Australia’s hardline approach to people genuinely seeking solace from heinous circumstance in their home countries.
We are a highly privileged bunch we Australians. I still believe that we can come from our hearts once again. A big thank you to everyone who supported this action, this #walkinsilence
A new person just connected with me on facebook inspired by the ideas of walkingourworld and commented to me that this site and my walkingourworld page were pretty solidly out of date. It’s true. This is one step to correcting that and to re engaging with you, the walkingourworld community, supporting me and thus supporting a world of greater balance, peace and freedom than the one I am witnessing each and every day when I am online. I have the very good fortune to be residing for the moment in a place where those three things are commonplace in the beautiful Numinbah Valley behind the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.
Many others are not so fortunate.
Soon, I begin a walk through Europe and the Middle East. It makes me pretty nervous to consider that as the next major project of walkingourworld. For all the reasons you can conjure, yes, all of them. And I will do it.
I may need to ask you for your support along the way.
Blessings on your journey. Thanks for being a part of mine.