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Harvey meets Dalai Lama in Canberra, Day 437

Walk for Peace, 4700km completed - www.believinginharvey.com

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Dalai Lama's visit in Canberra, I was privileged to be there.

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It was a very exciting time for Nathan, myself and Harvey of course, when we finally reached Canberra. We were greeted by Jessica Wright of the Canberra Times who wrote an accurate atricle which was published on the second day. She asked me a very good question, 'what was you main personal aim of this walk?' My reply was 'several', to see peace across the world, to have Harvey known as a world figure for peace, and the most personal one for me, to make friends with everyone I meet on this journey regardless of personal differences, which so far I have achieved. You cannot create peace when you cannot make friends.

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Annette giving me a few pointers, before she interviewed me for the camera

Annette (film director) and her family and friends joined us on our walk down the Anzac Parade, and she recorded an hour of the events of the day at the War Memorial Museum. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak freely and openly about this Walk for Peace and Harvey, and its true meaning. Annette has some very good ideas of a documentary of the number of peace walks across the world, and plans to see if there is a way to unify these walkers. Thank you Annette for the work you have done for us on the journey from Violet Town to Canberra.

June 12th

Nathan drove us to a press conference not far from Capital Hill, where Dalai Lama had a brief speech before answering several questions for the press. After, the Dalai Lama had a tight schedule but still had a few minutes to greet some of the other people at the conference, before he was ushered to the sports complex on the other side of the city.

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Nathan and myself were very honoured by shaking hands with his holiness, but the best for me was he did not look at me when we shook hands he smiled and had a large grin when he saw Harvey between of us. I like to think that he saw more than just an orange wheelchair, and saw Harvey himself and 'peace' oozing outwards of this imaginary peacemaker.

June 13th

Because of the article about the Walk for Peace in the Canberra Times, we were invited to attend a peace rally 'Where doves fly...peace follows', a walk to Parliment House with about 60 people carrying eye catching huge doves. This was a peaceful demonstration with a simple message that Australia should have visions of peace rather than practicing war games. We went past the Aboriginal Embassy (a protest) where we had been honoured by the 3 men who live there. They allowed us to stay there for two nights. The rally was a complete success, with several speakers, including Senator Kerry Nettle, former Senator Lyn Allison, other citizens of Canberra, myself and rally organiser Sue Andrew, who heard about me through the media.

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At the site of the Aboriginal Embassy, the prostest continues.

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On the journey to Canberra we met some truly supportive and inspirational characters on the way. Nathan and I feel very humbled by the generosity of so many people.

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After leaving Melbourne, I experienced green fields, zero temperatures, heavy winds and consistent rain! It was a little like being back in sweet Ireland. Even so the journey was enjoyable as these people shown in these pictures made our journey a joy.

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Each person had one's own gift for us, Ben - photographer, Helen - film director, Dizzy and Sjan - Bikers and more, Kevin The Reverend of Holbrook, Jennifer and Vincent - photograher and artist, and on the day eight people walked with Harvey through the Anzac Parade.

It was a pleasure and an honour to meet these people who have have given us so much of their time, and I feel even more inspired having heard so many of their own experiences and stories which I hope a piece of their hearts will combine with Harvey's.

The dream for peace is in everyone's hearts.

Namaste - Frank Muldowney

www.believinginharvey.com

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Canberra Times - Harvey a hit on the road

- Jessica White

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Last 1km to Capital Hill

An Irishman accompanied by an imaginary friend and a fluro-orange wheelchair has found a unique way to push for peace.

Frank Muldowney, origionally from Dublin, plans to walk across the globe, pushing an empty wheelchair, to spread the message of world peace.

Mr Muldowney arrived in Canberra yesterday after setting out from Perth in April 2006. The wheelchair was symbolic of a world disabled by war, racism and injustice and carried an important load, according to Mr Muldowney.

"I created Harvey, an imaginary leader for peace and kindness, who you can only see by the presence of his orange wheelchair. harvey is the peacemakerwho can be a member of any race religion or creed," he said.

Mr Muldowney had visited several schools in Victoria in an attempt to raise awareness of human rights.

"These are the leaders of the world's future. I chat to them a little about the journey and they go crazy over Harvey. Kids have great imaginations and they are full of hope," he said.

Mr Muldowney said there had been people who had questioned his sanity.

"One of the most enjoyable parts so far has been walking across the Nullarbor. The trucks gave me a thrill and a bit more energy each time they passed, but more than once I was offered the number of a psychiatrist" he said.

His arrival in Canberra, had been timed to coincide with the Dalai Lama's visit and Mr Muldowney said he shared the Tibetan's philosophies.

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At the press conference in Press Club, Canberra

"I live with a smile. I believe respect, humour, love and peace within are the roots of a perfect world"

The Walk for Peace is scheduled to finish in Byron Bay in September.

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Ulysses Bikers love the slowest 2 wheeler, Harvey

Canberra to Sydney to Byron Bay

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On this journey I have met some extra ordinary people. Since I walked from Melbourne on the journey to Canberra on the freeway, I have made new friends, bikers and members of Ulysses.

Dizzy and Sjan were the first of many bikers who have joined in with the happy feeling of being free on the road. I have been given so much advice and information that I now hope that the Ulysses bikers can be a major part of the Walk for Peace, as freedom, the right to travel, and expressing yourself is a major part of what Human Rights is all about on this journey.

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I have contacted with about 10 of the Ulysses branch listings on the route from Canberra to all the way to Byron Bay, and I hope this will grow to be a popular site on the main road on the rest of the walk, which would make me feel considerable safer on the road being sheltered by the bikers.

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Thank you for the bikers and members of Ulysses for helping me on the way into the Capital and I hope it continues.

Namaste

Frank Muldowney

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Mick McHugh - Harvey is coming?

Byron Bay awaits the arrival of Harvey

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Mick McHugh, on the cliffs of the Nullarbor.

For those who do not know Mick McHugh, well let me explain why he is a key role in making the path to Byron Bay.

I have walked with so many inspiring people during my charity walking years. Mick joned this journey to be my driver in Western and Southern Australia, and on the way he created over a dozen songs, aimed to inspire people on the way. Being a driver doesn't look that much of a role on a journey where so many think it's just like a holiday. Well, I will say this - I collapsed on this walk on the Nullarbor. It was a seizure, one that I never thought would happen, the worst I ever had. Mick was present when it happen, and it is a very frightening experinece, when one does not know exactly what to do. After over 30 minutes of the seizure, Mick played music and placed his hand on my back, talking and keeping my mind as alert as much as one can. I know those simple touches of love, brought me back from that dark alley. I did not know what happened.

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Mick on the Nullarbor, and Mick with family and friends in Melbourne.

Mick and I were stuck in Caiguna for 4 days, trying to find out what is the best thing to do. At the end my health was no better, and Mick had the most heart breaking part of the journey when he had to drive me back over 1,000km to Perth where I had to fly home to Ireland for medical observation.

That was a turning point on the journey, as Mick has never lost faith in 'Believing in Harvey' and it is fitting now, that Mick and his family will be there in Byron Bay promoting now his own songs, and at the same time having their arms wide open to welcome 'Harvey' on the last day.

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"Fun days in 2006"

Namaste to Mick Amanda and Kia

Frank Muldowney

Mick's web page is - www.myspace.com/mickmchugh

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Wodonga welcomes Harvey

Day 419

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A day for myself and Nathan being educated through the expressions and imaginations of the youth from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School. They were interested in what we were doing, but the invisible Harvey and vision of peace in the future, they just accepted it as common sense.

I briefly spoke about the Youth Human Rights International Organisation, and the students were keen to keep the booklet's that we left behind to the teacher. I hope these precious booklets will start a wave of awareness of Human Rights, to be passed on from generation to generation.

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I was humbled by the guys of the class as if these are the future preformers, dancers, actors or acrobats, then the future looks very bright to me.

Thank you Valerie, it was a privilege to be allowed to speak to this inspiring class.

Frank Muldowney

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Harvey glides into Springhurst

Day 414 , 4320km

Today Nathan and Frank introduced Harvey to the enthusiastic school children of the Springhurst Primary School.

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We were grilled with intelligent questions, very good practice for us in the future when the media do the same. After a good 20 minutes explaining about Harvey and the orange wheelchair, then humour came in as Nathan showed his talent with throat singing. It was an impressive proformance however the school students had never heard such a strange voice before, thus they did not no how to react but laugh instead. The humour spread into all of us, and at the end we were all laughing.

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It was a very enjoyable time with the staff and students, and we felt very touched by being welcomed so openly in this lovely town.

Frank Muldowney

Update :

Manny and Paula have informed all the primary and secondary schools on the journey ahead to Sydney, to pass out the booklets of Youth Human Rights International Org.

Michael and Amanda are now living their own individual dream, to create their own album and book, and we wish you well. They are on the way to Byron Bay where we all hope more than just one dream will be achieved.

Dean and Linda have contacted dozens of both local and national newspapers ahead on the walk, which makes my journey so much easier. I am now mostly interviewed on the phone before I even get their, and the towns are aware of the walk.

Dizzy and Sjan have passed the word to Ulysses, and its a new idea when coming into Sydney next month. I will update about this matter after the walk to Canberra.

Special thanks to Helen, Ben, Annette and Andie for open new doors to open a new documentary of the peace walks across the world.

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Harvey adopted by the youth of Violet Town

4220km completed, day 411

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After rain and stops in roadhouses and parking stops, Nathan drove into Violet Town, where he was welcomed with open arms and smiles.

A thunderstorm stopped Frank and Harvey on the road and because of it Violet Town came to be Harvey's home for 2 days, and Annette, Andy, Indigo and over 14 other friends made a night of it for all of us.

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The Youth Human Rights booklet. Frank resting in Namaste (the bus)

We talked of what this walk is about, the importance of Youth Human Rights, and one's own importance and dreams of the future. These young people were a joy to be with. Each individual spoke of their own ambitions, aiming to be mechanics or musicians or lawyers, each dream was different.

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Nathan, Indigo, Andy and Annette

It was one of the most inspirational nights for a very long time, and it was a humbling feeling to be welcomed with nothing more than positive thinking and the roots of friendships ahead.

Thank you to the people of the town.

Frank Muldowney

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A Personal Pilgrimage - Melbourne to Canberra

Perth to Byron Bay - 4,070 km completed

This stage of the journey is different. A 658km walk from Melbourne to Canberra is a personal pilgrimage that I dedicate these steps to the memory of my father Tom.

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1993 outside the Mansion House in Dublin, the last time I saw my Father who set me on my way on a walk of awareness for MND and MS.

My Dad, lived with Motor Neuron Disease for the last 7 years of his life, in pain and discomfort but with great diginity and honor. I am truly privilidged to be able to walk these steps for my Dad to carry his own dreams and prayers, that will now be passed on to others.

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Left, 'Harvey' the imaginative person for everyones dream for peace. Right, Prime Minister Bertie Aherne awarding me for the 7 international walks for the MS Society in 1997, the award is really to my family.

My Dad died a month after that picture above was taken and it was then the support and love of my mother and my brother, Phyl and Michael is the reason why I continued walking. I would not be here in Australia if it was not for them. I thank you both for it, from my soul.

I now make every step for Tom Phyl and Michael, and I am doing this short walk to Canberra on behalf of my Dad for the years that he could not.

Thank you Dad for your love.

Tom Muldowney (1924 - 1993)

Namaste

Frank Muldowney

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Harvey meets Nathan, day 399

4,070 km completed

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Harvey meets Nathan

I am a lucky human being to have Harvey beside me, but today a new person brings Harvey to the streets of Melbourne aiming north to Canberra. Nathan is his name and I am sure he will bring a lot of happy faces on the final third of the journey.

Harvey is a magnet to talented people, and now has met and loved the company of Dean Frenkel, Linda Lassi and now Nathan Sturdy.

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Dean taking care of Harvey's wheelchair, and the Police girls protect and serve to Harvey.

Nathan, has joined in with the journey, bringing more humour throat singing and imagination. Dean the Guinness record holder for the longest continuous vocal note - 57 seconds on ABC TV's Enough Rope with Andrew Denton is also making a new path for Harvey's to be known across the country and beyond. Linda with a 'dreamlike' voice has also joined helping out with her experiences in the music line and all three have become a passionate group who adopted Harvey like a family friend. As for me it is just a privilige to be with them as friends.

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No I did not forget my shoes, just respecting to the people of this land. On the right myself and Jacky Agosti, more to come about this inspirational woman.

The list of lasting friendships from Perth to Melbourne has grown. I hope this chain of friendships will expand across all the states of Australia, and to Ireland and other countries also.

Harvey on the road again, with a smile as usual.

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Harvey's friends

Thank you from all of those in the pictures above and those who are not. The list who I wish to thank again is long, but bare with me, I will reply to all of those who have made these great moments happen.

Namaste

Frank Muldowney

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Harvey making headlines

Channel 10 News - Peace Mission

It was on the 12th of April when a film crew from Channel 10 appeared to find out why is this Irishman, walking across Australia, with his invisible friend Harvey sitting in the wheelchair.

Mark Howard interviewed Frank and Mick, on the side of the road, on the way to Ballarat. They all enjoyed the conversations and the footage that took 30 mins work to make. Frank has his own film equipment and demo documentary that he put together before Christmas was then given to Mark.

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Mark's Q and A

Frank and Mick then went on to a pub later at 5.30pm to see did it appear in the Channel 10 News. They were both delighted to see Mark's work and it was an enjoyable moment when scenes of the walk brought back sweet memories on the Nullarbor, with Mick's song being heard.

Thank you to the crew of Channel 10.

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Irish Echo - Harvey on front page

article by Markham Nolan

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Harvey appearing on the front page.

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To be Frank, this peace walk's on the wild side

Dubliner Frank Muldowney will march into Melbourne on April 22nd, two-thirds of the way through a peace-inspiring 6,000km journey, on foot from Perth to Byron Bay.
If all goes to plan, Mr Muldowney 41, will walk down Swanston Street flanked by police and supporters, just as he did when he walked into Adelaide.
The walk has seen him cross the Nullarbor Plain, and has earned Mr Muldowney a nomination for the inaugural Irish-Australian Achiever of the year award.
The East Wall resident is a charity walker of 16 years' experience, having completed charity treks in Peru, France and Spain in the past.
He circumambulanted Ireland in 1993 and received a special accolade from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for his charity work. But crossing Australia, pushing an empty orange wheelchair that reresents his hope for peace and "a perfect society" is his greatest challenge yet.

Mr Muldowney plods along during the daytime, covering 20km approx. per day, and so far he has covered more than 3,500km. "Actually it's 3,700, with 2,300 more to go, give or take a few hundred either way" he told the Echo. "I'm taking the longest way possible across Australia so that I can see as many towns as possible," he said.

Reflecting on the journey so far, the Nullarbor Plain sticks out as the toughest physical and mental challenge. Mr Muldowney suffers from epilepsy, sparked by a serious brain haemorrhage when he was 19, and his condition worsened as he crossed the plain, hospitalising him for a time. The pace took its toll, and Mr Muldowney's epilepsy kicked in, necessitating a trip to Ireland for treatment. When he finally resumed his walk, he slowed down to 20km a day, but began hearing voices as he struggled across the outback.

"That was the toughest," he said, "the two months of nothingness. It's a combination of nature, living as it is, and truck drivers." The voices he was hearing belonged to truckers on CB radios, drawing "the wheelchair guy" into their banter.

"They started talking to me on the walkie-talkie that I had with the wheelchair, and I never felt lonely. They made it easier for me and would give me more of the width of the road when they passed, which I took as a mark of respect."

Mr Muldowney's trans-Australian odyssey was conceived during a moment of clarity in a backpacker's hostel. "The idea came to me when I was in the Greenhouse Backpackers' in Melbourne. I was sitting there reading about Martin Luther King's speech 'I have a dream..' and there were 12 people sitting around the table, all different nationalities, trying to communicate with one another and sharing their plates. I realised that this is what Martin Luther King was talking about, all people being equal regardless of colour or race. It was the perfect society, there, in a hostel."

Like Dr Luther King, Mr Muldowney says had a dream, but rather than keep it as such, he decided to turn it into a reality. He dreamt of changing attitudes, one person at a time, and has embarked, like a latter-day preacher, to urge people to face life with a peaceful, positive attitude, and consider following their own dreams. "When I ask people I meet: 'What is your dream?', most people say it just never happened for one reason or another. I tell them it's still there. I met a 12-year-old who lives his life in a wheelchair whose dream is to be in the AFL. You can see his parents' heads drop when he said that, they knew he'd never play footy. I asked him had he ever thought of writing to newspapers or magazines with his ideas for tactics, or even working in commentary, and you could see his eyes light up at the idea that he could be part of it. You can't always do what it is you want to do, but you can do something close to it."

Although Mr Muldowney never had to use one, he pushes a wheelchair to symbolise the obstacles that everyone, even the apparently successful, have to overcome. "We all have problems," he said. "Everyone has their own wheelchair."

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Who is Harvey ?

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WHO IS HARVEY?

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"Harvey" is my imaginary character in the orange wheelchair. He is a person or spirit who is 'the' dream for peace. I created Harvey because I thought there must be a person who can identify to everyone, of any race, religion or creed. He has no date of birth, therefore no date of death. Harvey is male, femail, healthy, disabled, white, black, brown and asian. He is Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddist and any other religion you know of. Harvey is the figure you can create for yourself, who you can feel comfortable with as he stands for peace, kindness and respect like most of us do. I believe everyone have the same dream for peace and equality. Perhaps we all need an imaginary leader to speak for all of us, rather than a living one. I now have my own imaginary leader for peace and now I am creating the peaceful imaginary world to match it, the one everyone dreams for"

"Harvey is the most important person in the world. Harvey is you and your own dream." Frank Muldowney

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Bob and Bono, the Irish visionaries who see and believe the end of poverty.

My father, Tom, lived for the last 7 years of his life in a wheelchair suffering from Motor Neuron Disease. His life was hard, where mostly stress caused this horrific disease. But my Dad became a better person and a stronger one with that disease and lived with it complete dignity and grace. The wheelchair now is never empty to me, as my Dads spirit and dream if there under the name Harvey, who has his arms wide open to other pure thoughts and dreams which will never die.

The wheelchair is Harvey's, a symbol to remind us that the world is disabled by fear, racism and injustice. Harvey is just my name for my dream for peace, to keep myself inspired to follow my own dream. To me the entire world is in a wheelchair, no one is perfect. I have my own challenge and I must do something about it, to believe in myself to make a difference in my own way to create peace from one person to another. We all have a problem, a history, and we can overcome all these problems, and live a happier and content life, by believing in yourself and your own dreams.

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase" Martin Luther King

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Mohandas Gandhi, Terry Fox, Martin L. King, Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, courage, determination, love, wisdom, and all had a dream.

People in the past, like Mohandas Gandhi, Martin L. King, Mother Theresa, have inspired me and others to be a better person. These people have led to changes in our world which have dramatically inspired millions across the world. Their good work is recorded as part of history and no one could fill into the shoes of such a person. These people were human, and thus their lives have ended, but their dreams will never die as long they are remembered, and in the future a new person will carry on these dreams. Harvey's wheelchair carries these dreams, and I hope more living people will carry on more of these dreams again, that the world wide dream for peace will never die.

"Harvey is imaginary, so he can never die. In this way, he is an immortal symbol to live your dream for peace. By doing so, any thought of purity will grow, and will never deminish. In my heart I know this can the beginning of the end of wars and poverty through the power of our own thoughts our own imaginations our own dreams." - Frank Muldowney

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"If I can live better and smile and say hello to every person I can meet, I can improve myself and those around me by simple acts of kindness. If we can persuade others to do the same, does that mean we can change our streets, our towns, our cities, our nations by spreading a ripple effect of kindness? I wont know unless I try"

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To me there is an imbalance between good and bad being portayed in the media. I believe the vast majority of the world population are good hearted people who have a deep desire for peace and happiness. I hope this walk can create awareness about this imbalancein, to question that their is more good news than bad, and its immoral to report the reverse as it will affect the minds of our children. If you are a parent and an editor/producer, remember it's your own children will believe what you report, so are your potraying a true relection of life? Is what you portray more real than what Harvey stands for? Is their really more bad events than good? I think this walk can be a little spark by discussing this issue and perhaps change the level of negativity into positivity, if given a chance to be listened to. To me a fair balance of truth in the media is all is needed.

Frank Muldowney - December 2002

"Curiousity is one of the great secrets of happiness" Bryant H. McGill

Special thanks to -

Ann Kenny RIP
Elizabeth Muldowney
Tom Muldowney RIP
Michael Muldowney
Jim Blewitt RIP
Lorna Mitchell
Thessa Moolenaar
Eva Schatzle
Clare and Eugene Peelo
Shiera O Brien
James Sweetman
Michael McHugh
Amanda McHugh
Nick and Deb
Jacky Agosti
Dean and Linda
Nathan Sturdy

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Walk for Peace - Interview with Francis Muldowney

Believing in Harvey - "The Walk for Peace"

Francis was walking just 11km past Horsham, now getting very close to Melbourne. A journalist Michelle Dryburgh drove past and stopped him and interviewed Francis for the Mail - Times newspaper. The photo was taken by Michael Rudolph.

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Francis believes in Peace

Irishman Francis Muldowney is on a 6,000-kilometre journey from Perth to Byron Bay. Journalist Michelle Dryburgh met Francis as he walked through the Wimmera this week...

Imagine abandoning the security of full-time employment and a comfortable home to push a bright orange wheelchair across Australia.
Francis Muldowney, 41, did just that; striving to make his dreams and those of the world come true.

His journey, 'The Walk for Peace', began in Perth on April 2nd last year. Almost a year later, he has walked 3,700 kilometres through three states and no doubt he will make it to Byron Bay.
Mr Muldowney admitted he must look peculiar as he walks beside the highway pushing what appears to be an empty wheelchair.

But he said his invisible friend 'Harvey' sat in the orange contraption.
"I had a brain haemorrhage when I was 19 and now I have permanent brain damage, epilepsy and I'm visually impaired," he said.
"I lived in my own little world for a while and the first thing I comprehended was a wheelchair. It looked like it was smiling at me."

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Although Mr Muldowney never required a wheelchair, it was at that point he developed a fascination with the symboliism of the wheelchair and thus he created Harvey.
"The wheelchair never feels empty because it is always carrying someone else's dream," he said.
"Harvey is every good dream, he is hope peace and harmony. To me, the wheelchair is a symbol that each of us has a problem that needs assistance. Wether it be emotional, financial or physical, we all have problems but we can still make our dreams come true"

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Mohandas Gandhi, Terry Fox, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa,
the four figures who Francis believes their dreams are still alive, peace, kindness, and equality.

Mr Muldowney said he hoped to meet as many people as possible as he travelled with his band 'Believing in Harvey'. Couple Mick and Amanda McHugh and their daughter Kia travel alongside Mr Muldowney in a motor home. The group hope to inspire people to realise their own dreams and live as they would in a peaceful world.

Mr Muldowney's Walk for Peace has attracted the attention of hundreds of people including Jacky Agosti, his girlfriend whom he met while walking through Adelaide.
He said the walk was an enriching, albeit physically demanding experience.

"My dream came true when I took the first step in Perth," he said.
"That's what people forget. It's the start that's important, not the finish. You can talk about your dreams, but if you do the planning and take that first step, you've already made it happen."

Mr Muldowney walked 20 to 25 kilometres over six or seven hours a day for the first two months of the journey. But when he suffered an epileptic seizure in June, the walk came to a halt. He returned to Dublin for medical attention before the walk resumed in September.

"I've slowed down a bit to avoid that happening again. I walk 15 to 20 kilometres a day now," he said.
"I believe my speech, comprehension, epilepsy and overall health has improved since I've been out here. I've lost 10 kilograms since I started."

Written by Michelle Dryburgh
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The walk is paused at the moment awaiting for permission to walk through the main street of Melbourne, and requesting the Lord Mayor Mr John So for a brief meeting.

We will update you again until we have offical dates of the walk into Melbourne.

Enclosed the 5 minute trailer of the 9 hour documentary recorded so far on this journey. Enjoy

Published - Frank Muldowney

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Harvey - Thinking of the final third of the journey.

6,000 km walk from Perth to Byron Bay 2006 - 2007

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Harvey, the catalyst to make friends.

It has been a very long journey, over a year now since I started the walk from Perth. It is a privilidge to push Harey, knowing how many peoples dreams are still alive, and I am living my own. A reminder how lucky I am to be here (or anywhere in fact). Mick and Amanda have made my dream possible from Perth to Melbourne, now their own dreams has started and it's their opportunity to follow their own journey, and watch their book and music to grow.

Since I reached Melbourne I have been overwhelmed by the support of so many people who either support the walk or joined in, by walking or by making calls, or passing the word around. These are the people who will make the real difference to make Harvey known, and others will talk about it. You know who you are, and you know what you did for me, and my own efforts on this walk I hope will give more in return in the future.

The day we walked through the main street of Melbourne, (Swanston Street), I then spoke to a person in Federational Square who genuinely didn't see anything inspiring in what I am doing, as it will not create peace, that it will not make any difference at a global sense. I just said 'perhaps you are right, in your life and your thoughts, but this walk has changed my life and others around me. This Walk for Peace is to create peace in one's heart, thats where it begins. The media only tells us what they know now, but never speak of the possibilities of peace in the future. I believe peace is inevitable so I like enjoying the feeling of peace now, and perhaps the dream for peace may happen even sooner by living it.'

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My rest in Melbourne has helped me to get ready again for the final third of the journey, and as there are more people now involved I hope this ripple of peace can expand one by one, and no one knows how far it can reach.

Living my own dream did wonders for myself, now I hope others can start following their own, as hard as it may be, it is worth it in the long term. I have met others who have already lived their dreams and those have that inner smile, which now I have in my heart.

My role now is to learn more about the media and public speaking, to find away to inspire even more people to follow their own journey, their own way to happiness and peace.

The journey continues.

Frank Muldowney 2nd May 2007 Day 394

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Walk for World Peace by 2015

6,000km walk for peace, Perth to Byron Bay...and beyond

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An Irishman who suffered a brain haemorrhage, has taken on a walk for world peace across Australia and beyond. He is pushing an orange wheelchair carrying 'Harvey' the imaginary figure for peace and he believes we will have world peace by 2015.

Why and how?

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Walking through the Nullarbor

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase" Martin Luther King

I have been Frank Muldowney for 41 years...yes I am Irish. From a very young age I believed that each person is here for a reason and my own is to create a inspired way to peace, through one's thoughts and actions. I found my own path and solution 5 years ago in Melbourne, after 16 years of travelling, soul seeking and learning.

"Peace begins with a smile" Mother Theresa

I now have walked over 8 million steps for something I believe in, that peace is here, in our hearts. I can feel it, it's the dream that is in everyone's soul, and that is the only proof that I need to say that peace is inevitable. With that in mind, Harvey - The immortal Peacemaker has announced, we will have World Peace by 2015, and by saying it, and acting on it, the dream will become a reality. The question to me is, are we all prepared for world peace? I believe it is time to start thinking this way, as the visions of peace can only become a reality, when the human mind allows it to be so. It is up to us.

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"Imagine is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the entire world" Albert Einstein

I created Harvey, an imaginary leader for peace and kindness, who you can only see by the presence of his orange wheelchair. Harvey is the peacemaker who can be a member of any race, religion or creed. Harvey is whatever you want him to be, as he is your own dream for peace. The wheelchair symbolises a world disabled by fear, racism and injustice, and this now comes to an end as everyone can participate to end fear and war by simple acts of kindness.

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Harvey and me on the road

MY HISTORY
I suffered from a life threatening brain haemorrhage when I was 19, in 1985. It was a blessing in disguise as I seized a second chance of life to awaken a more enlightened set of life priorities. It took me 16 years of learning from charity walking (France, Spain, Peru, Ireland), working and listening to the wisdom of my family when I knew what was ahead of me. In 2002 I took my own health and life in my own hands, and set on a new journey to inspire as many people I can meet with my own philosophy of peace, that it is here. I have proof that ones imagination is more powerful than what we know now, as I have improved my health already by believing in my own thoughts that I will get better, and I have.

I now wish to walk millions of steps, and each one is a small gesture of persuasion. My journey has no ending, as I know each step of peace I make is part of a pilgrimage of peace, which will stamp out each inch of hate and war where there is no room for it anymore. The Walk for Peace started in April 2nd in Australia 2006 - and I believe that by 2015, it will be a Walk of Celebration.

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The inspirational figures of my past - Dalai Lama, Mohandas Gandhi, Terry Fox, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa.

I am privileged to be in this position to have a small role in ending the evils of this beautiful earth. It is an honour to push this wheelchair carrying an everlasting figure for peace, who will never die, as human imaginations will keep him alive for ever.

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Plans
I aim to get supported by known entrepreneur's, who care about the future for the next generation. The idea to me is simple, to promote Harvey as a figure who stands for peace everywhere through the walk, the arts and the media. Then give the public an official date for 'Peace across the World' and aim at the year 2015. Now, we all have a goal to go for.

The media is the most powerful weapon in the world, influentual enough to change the feelings and thoughts of the people across the globe. If we can create a belief and a goal for peace now, perhaps, we the public can change what is being portrayed in the media, replacing the barrage of negativity into positivity. If we can do that, it is truly possible to change the trapped mind set to a new, creative direction, a desire for global peace - a wave that is impossible to stop.

Walks ahead
- Perth to Byron Bay 6,000KM 2006 to 2007 set to end in September.
- Dublin to Belfast - Celebrate Peace in Ireland 2007
- Belfast to Edinburgh to Cardiff to London - Celebrate United walk for Peace - Ireland and Britain
- Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tibet, USA. Awaiting response from the UN.

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The start at the Bell Tower in Perth 2006, and 14 months later crossing the lake to Capital Hill, Canberra.

I live with a smile. I believe respect, humour, love, and peace within, are the roots of a perfect world, this is Harvey, cannot be seen, but one can feel it. This is why I feel free to walk anywhere, as I do not believe in fear and war. I feel privileged now, to meet and make friends with the architects and participants of war, as I know they will never create happiness in themselves and their own children. I wish to show a much more happier way.

This 'Walk for Peace' is a challenge of my own belief that peace is here, and I am prepared to discuss it with anyone, who thinks we will not have peace. I believe it's what everyone wants.

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Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and I, reaching 3,300km in Adelaide.

I am distributing booklets of the Youth Human Rights International Organisation, to create awareness to the world leaders of the future. I hope the United Nations will promote what I am doing, and perhaps the governments of all nations should be doing the same through education. Some have abused their power by passing laws above the Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Some nations still do not have a bill of rights. I know this is wrong and Human Rights will be here to stay for people of all nations in the near future.

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere" - Martin Luther King

There is room for everyone to walk with the orange wheelchair, to share the meaning of Harvey and I am fully aware of how blessed I am to have the privilege of pushing Harvey to a more peaceful world.

"You must 'be' that change that you want to see in the World" - Mohandas Gandhi

CONTATCS
Frank Muldowney
Email - fmuldowney@yahoo.com
Mobile - 0407435196
website - www.believinginharvey.com

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