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.
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.
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)