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Harvey reaches Bunbury Day 1 - 9

189km completed 5,815km still to go.

overcast 25 °C

Day 9

Mike checking out the first vehicle, with owner Frank Atkins

The Walk for Peace started on April the 2nd 2006. Harvey was set off by the Trenwith family Mike, Niamh, Liam and Ciara, my cousins living in Perth. They were the Head Quarters for over a month helping me in getting the bus ready and finding the missing driver and team members. On short notices I asked Mick Amanda with Kia to join who lost their home due to the cyclone that destroyed Innisfail in Queensland. It was not ideal to bring a family on a project like this but sometimes one does what one can, and hope their future will start from this journey also.
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The beginning 2nd April, as Harvey leaves the Bell Tower. I knew the first step was the most important one, and my life will never be the same after this. This part of the journey will be all learning, radio conversation, media, and listening to other peoples opinions.
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A few days later we were allowed to speak to school children about living your dream. Mick McHugh and I spoke to the children of mixed ages, about what they dream for in the future. We aimed to take each dream in a genuine way to inspire each individual that your dream as important as anyone elses.
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Early starts on the road, usually 5.30 am to beat the start of the heat. The mornings are very fresh and a stunning sunrises. 16 years of charity walking keeps my focused in dates and schudules, which may cause problems having a family on board, so I know I have to be flexible but firm at the same time.
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Mick and Amanda met Dep and Nick, on day 2, a complete surprise as they are the people who I look up to, who live in a humble life, who make no enemies and respect everyone and everything. The pilgrim Nick, who has walked with me for over 40k, to share positive thinking with a lot of humour. Nick has already given me so much wisdom and advice of the problems ahead, and I took everything on board. Thank you Nick for your presence on this walk. Deb your advice will carry me all the way to Byron Bay, as we both share the same view, to love everyone, not just some.
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So far we have been very supported by local people, the police and passers by. We have been helped by 4 families and it was a privilige to be welcomed in their homes.

On day 5 myself Mick and Amanda spoke to about over a hundred children at a school in Waroona where the teachers allowed us to ask the young people what their dreams were. It was a very inspiring day, and after a long walk till the evening, an hour chat slot with a local radio station, Harvey Community Radio 96.5fm. Mick performed songs and we both sharing personal past, which was so full of depth and importance. The interview was over an hour. It was a busy day, walking over 20km plus speaking to the school and a one hour interview. Good practice in the future.

Here are the families Trenwiths (Perth), Halls (Serpentine), Stanfords (Waroona), Marshalls (Harvey), and Farrell (Bunbury) who have made the foundations of this journey. I thank you all for your support and a sincere thank you for allowing us to stay in your own home.

The journey continues, and Harvey is getting known day by day.

Frank Muldowney


Posted by fmuldowney 19:29 Archived in Australia

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Hi Frank back in Melbourne eh? I'm in Adelaide today but back there on Friday - would be good to meet up before you head out West if you have a moment. Do let me know


by emtede

Message from Shiera O'Brien

Harvey for me is the unexpressed greatness and beauty of spirit and
perfection that lies within each of us. Harvey is our true selves, free
labels, without the material things that we think define us (jobs,
houses, partners, families, our stories and problems). Harvey is who we
when we are free of fears of not being good enough or loved enough.
is the perfection and beauty of humanity, when all the superficial
things in
life we cling to fall away. Harvey can be our greatest gifts in life -
gift of choice to BE who we are. Harvey is all those people I have met
in my
life, who have the courage to be who they are and pretend to be no one
than themselves, as they touch people's lives and inspire them in big
small ways, without even knowing it - my mother, my brothers, my
family, my
wonderful friends and teachers in life, the list is endless.

by fmuldowney

Hey Frank,
im really glad to see everything is making its way according to plan. Do you remember me? im the american who helped you get your computer and camera. i am now back in the states and working. please keep me up to date on everything. Oh, and I am also a supporter, i think you forgot about me :) my email is holsomback@gmail.com
def. keep me updated!

by eric h

Hey Franck it's Tom french guy living in Ireland. I hope you are well. I'm very please to see that everything going well for you. Long life to Harvey. The peacemaker. I will follow your journey. Also you can count on me for the edit. do no thesitate to send me your stuff.
talk to you soon take care

Love Tom

by fantomasie

Hi Frank. Eugene Peelo, who you went to school with, told me about you. And I read that you are currently without a wheelchair for Harvey. Have you tried eBay, here is one for less than $200, which you could probably collect in Subiaco. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5671610427

I'd love to help you drive the bus, but I'm in London.

by warrambung

Frank (and Team) I'm so delighted that the momentum is starting to build already, I always knew it would. Equally I'm sure there are many people that you are inspiring that you don't even know about and you are creating many magical ripple effects by encouraging people to reconnect with their dreams. Wishing you well every step of the way.



by sweetman

Hi Frank

I'm so proud of you to have made all this happen. I will never forget out chats in the early stages where we were defining how your dreams could happen. I'm so pleased you had the courage to make them come true and in so-doing are helping others to remember that they too can make their dreams a reality and in turn inspire others...let's hope it spirals out of control! So good luck to everyone involved and keep up the good work! Thinking of you from the other side of the planet...

Love Helen

by helencoxy

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