A Travellerspoint blog

September 2007

Harvey's journey is completed.

Day 546 - 5985km Byron Bay

sunny 26 °C

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2002 - Frank was asked to walk around the rock, not over it. Frank respected that, and decided to walk around it, the long way.

So it's finally over, or did another just begin?

Harvey, the symbolic and invisble character for peace, has been kissed, hugged, arrested, run over, and pushed across Australia from Perth to Byron Bay from April 2nd 2006 to 29th September 2007. Harvey was helped by Frank Muldowney, and hundreds of those who walked or contributed in completing this funny, inspirational, origional, political and imaginative journey.

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The ending was different than some thought, as Harvey was pushed through the tape beside the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse by Indigo (15) and Paul (51). Frank stopped at the end and passed the wheelchair to the two inspiring people who touched Frank's heart on the journey, who are now starting their own dreams. Frank did not complete the walk just 5 metres short, and instead went to the love of his life Jacky Agosti.
"It was never about kilometres and records" said Frank.

"I never had a desire to end this walk, it's the beginning and living it was the greatest happiness I have ever felt. The last 5 steps, to me, is there to remind anyone who never tried to follow a dream, as it's the trying is the key, not necessarily the acheiving" said Frank. "Trying to create peace in myself and others, brought true happiness
in my heart, so I now know, happiness is the way to peace."

A few minutes later. Frank (smiling as he actually pulled a muscle on the last kilometre) strolled to the people who travelled long distances to congratulate him. The Mayor of Byron Bay, Jan Barham welcomed Frank to the town, and both has a few words of the importance of believing, thinking and creating peace. It was an emotional and inspiring day for many.

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The beginning in Perth - Harvey, the magnet, attracting friends in Melbourne

Annette Walton (Film Director) recorded the day, from the morining till dusk, and NBN TV also recorded the conclusion of the journey. The web site will be updated in the next few weeks, when the recorded moments can be shown both here and on You Tube.

There is a major 'thank you' to so many people who supported Frank from the beginning till the last few weeks of this journey. He wishes to publish all the names of those who were a part of the entire walk.

Siochain Leat
Namaste
Peace

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Harvey's journey

Posted by fmuldowney 19:19 Archived in Australia Comments (5)

Kue interviews Frank in Coff's Harbour

Day 527 - Walk ends on 1pm, 29th September, at the Lighthouse in Byron Bay

sunny 23 °C

THE COFFS COAST ADVOCATE, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2007, 5.

FRANK MULDOWNEY, an Irishman who has been walking across Australia in a campaign for world peace, has passed through Coffs Harbour on the home stretch of his journey.

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Harvey reaches the east coast, 5700km completed.

You may have seen Frank walking through Coffs Harbour toward his final destination last weekend – pushing his friend Harvey the entire way.

Harvey, whom you can see by the presence of his orange wheelchair, was created by Frank as an imaginary leader for peace and kindness.

After suffering a from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 19, Frank turned to positive thinking to aid his recovery. He quickly learned that other factors in his life could be influenced by the same method. “I decided that my health was important, and that to get better I had to believe I would be better. It started to work, and it got me thinking – why couldn’t we create world peace the same way?” Frank said.

The walk, which began in April, last year in Perth, is aimed at spreading the word of how the world can achieve peace by the year 2015. “It’s about the little things. Maybe you’ll see the person behind you in the line at the Newsagent is buying a paper. Why not pay for it for them?” he said.

“It’s the best when they don’t know who you are. Buy someone a drink, or offer to help. That’s truly what kindness is,” Frank said.

Inspired by Albert Einstein’s words,
“Imagination is more important than knowledge, knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the entire world.”
Frank decided his walk for peace was a great way to create a global pilgrimage for peace.

“I’m aiming at heading back to Ireland to walk from Dublin to Belfast, with Harvey of course, and then on to Israel. Hopefully by the time I finish it will be a Walk of Celebration,” Frank said.

If you see Frank on his walk for peace, feel free to join in – Frank said there’s plenty of room next to Harvey. He’s set to finish his journey at Byron Bay at the lighthouse on September 29, 1pm.

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MEDIA RELEASE - Believing in Harvey 2006/07

The aims, and plan of the final day.

27 °C

The 6,000km walk for peace will end at 1pm, 29th September, at the lighthouse in Byron Bay

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Creating the Pilgrimage for Peace across Australia 2007.

A 41 year old Irishman Mr Frank Muldowney, said goodbye to his homeland and his comfortable career to embark on a 6,000km walk across Australia, to create a Pilgrimage for Peace. He believes we will have world peace in 8 years, speaking on behalf for ‘Harvey’ the imaginary peace maker living in a wheelchair. Mr Muldowney believes a Global Pilgrimage for Peace is literally a path to peace where anyone can participate to express their desire for peace in their own individual way.

Mr. Muldowney’s story is remarkable. In 1985 at the age of 19, he suffered a brain haemorrhage (AVM), reported having intensive brain damage after 8 hours of brain surgery. For close to a year, he lived in his own world in the future as he was unable to speak or comprehend correctly in society, but he believed it was temporary, just like medical knowledge and intelligence, everything changes in time. While learning how to read again, Mr. Muldowney read a quotation from Albert Einstein that confirmed his own belief of the power of the human mind can cure oneself, a theory to solve any problem – “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the entire world”

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The Camino de Santiago, the aincent pilgrimage across Spain

Mr. Muldowney then applied the philosophical strength of that quotation to his own health. Despite having no prior medical knowledge, he decided to ignore medical diagnosis and took charge of his own health, through physical training, travelling, learning, walking and thinking of the future rather in the past.

From 1989 to 1999, Mr. Muldowney completed 16 long distant walks for charity in Ireland, France, Spain and Peru, to improve himself and learn from the wisdom of others. These walks were pilgrimages and Mr. Muldowney felt peacefulness spreading within himself and others from these walks. Peace in his own heart started to cure his own disabilities. He then knew it was the most powerful source of healing, both his health and creating peace between people. It came to be his belief that world peace will come from these historical paths in the future, and he must expand on it. The practice of being an advocate for world peace accelerated vast improvements in Mr. Muldowney’s speech, comprehension and thinking skills over the last 2 years. In 2006 he used the same Einstein-inspired approach when he embarked on his 6,000km walk for peace across Australia carrying ‘Harvey’ the imaginary peace maker, the catalyst, who can unify peoples desire for peace.

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The Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.

“The important things of life are invisible, love, respect and peace. When I talk about peace, in the future, it changes the way people think. The dream for peace is in everyone’s heart, you cannot see it, but you can feel it, this dream cannot die, this is Harvey ,the imaginary peace maker who lives in your own heart. This desire for peace is something we have in common, of all races and creeds, a desire to be free or fear, together, not alone. Harvey's wheelchair is a symbol for everyone, for a world disabled by fear, racism and injustice. We are all disabled until we have peace.”

Mr. Muldowney has walked other pilgrimages, the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. He felt that peace grows in peoples hearts on these paths. He aims to ask the councils, citizens and governments to acknowledge this walk across Australia, as an official pilgrimage and promote it as part of this country’s culture and history. Then expand this walk to be a single global pilgrimage for peace, united between other countries. This walk for peace can transform areas of violence into areas of peace, as over time, peace will grow as there will be no room for violence anymore.

Mr Muldowney believes if each individual can create individual ideas or symbols for peace, and show them to others on this Global Pilgrimage for Peace, this will inspire and empower the people of each town on this path. Now one can start participating and creating peace as artists, walkers, speakers, musicians, comedians and travellers. Peace is now the first thought and objective, where as thoughts of fear and war are becoming a part of history.

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Early days, after Frank's 950mile walk around Ireland, 1993.

“Using one’s imagination and being prepared to work hard to create it, is the way to happiness, and happiness is the way to peace” Frank Muldowney

For full details - www.believinginharvey.com
Mr Frank Muldowney’s email - fmuldowney@yahoo.com
Mobile - 0407 435196 (Australian)

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Frank with the Irish Prime Minister in 1997 - Frank with the Irish Ambassador in Canberra 2007

*Mr Muldowney has already walked over 10,000km across Australia, France, Spain, Peru and Ireland creating the roots of this Global Pilgrimage for Peace. He is awaiting for support from business men and women, the United Nations, and ministers of tourism in all nations, to promote and create this path for peace.

Please pass this web page to anyone who you think could be interested in promoting this pilgrimage.

Namaste

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Dolphins showing us how to live peacefully, with a smile.

Day 525

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Zippy telling Nathan a joke!

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The crew at work - On the road, Harvey enjoying new walkers, Kim, Kate, Nathan of course, and Bindi the dog who wanted to walk longer than I did!

It was an honour for Nathan and I to have an intimate experience with the Dolphin's world at the Pet Porpoise Pool in Coff's Harbour.

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The trio showing off - This is Calamity, my first Dolphin kiss (sorry Jacky!)

Kim is the show organiser, who showed us the way in this tranquil place. We both learned a lot about the horrific damages caused by pollution, and Dolphins particularly are curious creatures who can be harmed by anything from cans to plastic bottles. We hope to create awareness about this on the last 20 days of this walk.

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Bella, the 2 year old star.

The message from this walk is 'Peace' and the Dolphins to me are a great example to all of us how to live, peacefully with a smile. The Dolphin world has no borders, live off the natural gifts which we have, and give love and humour to others. Perhaps we the humans have a lot to learn from these beautiful, intelligent mammals, and maybe that is why we are so fascinated about them.

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Bella - Just after feeding time, one decided to go for a record of twists and turns of glee, its a dolphin thing!

We are hoping to have another interview with NBN TV at the Pet Porpoise Pool, and see if we can express the same peacefullness between us and the Dolphins. Nathan and I and many believe we will have world peace by 2015, I wonder what the Dolphins think, as they do not seem to look negative about the future unlike so many humans who do. Perhaps it's true that Dolphins are more intelligent than us, they are certainly happy. This brings me back to my own belief in a quote, that 'happiness is the way to peace'.

A poem from Jacky Agosti, of the scars that we and Dolphins have to live with -

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"I believe our scars are an important part of life,
I like to cherish scars,
sad moments, happy moments,
big bums, small bums,
the rain, the sun,
the tears, the joy,
the celeries, the chocolates...
No more stories of the past but actions in the present,
and plans for the future.
Lets protect nature and everything that has come from it."

Thank you Kim and all the staff of the PPP. We loved every moment of it.

For more information about the 'wonderful' Pet Porpoise Pool check out this web site
www.petporpoisepool.com

Frank Muldowney

PS. Jacky she started the kissing!

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In Nambucca, now just 22 days to Byron Bay.

Day 522 - 5580km

rain 17 °C

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Meeting with the Rotary Club in Nambucca

After I set the final day of the walk, 29th September, more ideas came my way. Nathan and I were invited to a business meeting with the Rotary Club in Nambucca, and the reaction to it was positive. Members of the club gave us a lot of advice and connections which may be the beginning of a professional plan for this pilgrimage in both Australia and abroad.

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Harvey's moon

A few days ago we saw this stunning orange moon, the night of the eciplse. We looked at it as a sign of good times ahead just a few days before the USA President's arrival. All I can think is, a glowing orange moon was a message that Harvey is here, peace is here, and it will grow step by step, person by person. The universe is in charge, we just help along in our own small way, to make a small difference to put a smile on people, which may some day put a smile on the moon.

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A tight squeeze in the van for lunch - Alex of Taree joined in giving my back a rest and new fresh hands pushing Harvey.

Alex walked with us after Taree, a future journalist, musician, and anything he put his mind to it really. He introduced us to his family and friends in Wingham, who welcomed us to their home, a night of luxury, lovely meal, showers and a bed! What, a bed. You have no idea what a wonderful feeling these generous people have giving to us.

We also met Terry in Nambucca, who has welcomed us in home and we stayed here for the last 3 nights, using his home as a base to help us on the way to Coffs Harbour. We covered a lot of ground and a lot of publicity work, and we thank you Terry for open more doors for us on this journey.

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I had to stay at Paddy's Rest, and Irish sign im sure.

Now off we go again, counting the days and the kilometres, and we are now looking forward to the 29th to see is this an ending or is it really a beginning.

Namaste to all those who supported us over the last week.

Frank and Nathan

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The final day, 29th September 2007

Day 520 - 5525km

sunny 24 °C

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The evening at Flynn's Beach where we saw the stunning eclipsed moon. It was orange! So it was Harvey's night to tell us when the walk will end.

After much consideration and planning, the final day of 'Believing in Harvey' is set on the 29th of September 2007, at the Lighthouse in Byron Bay. it will be a beginning rather than an ending.

I remember a meeting with Shiera O'Brien, my friend and coach in 2005, where I walked across an invisible map of Australia on the floor, so I can visualise the journey and its challenges and then the final day. It was a very important moment for me as I had an inner smile as I never doubted my determination to start this walk, but more importantly how it ends.

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Johnathon Ng (photographer) taking a risk on the main road for a good shot

It has been a bigger task than I thought. I did not know I had to improve myself in diplomacy, understanding and generosity, I think I learned a lot from this. I made a decision early to make friends with each person regardless of the differences of my own opinions or thoughts and find out is it possible to make friends with everyone? Im sure thats probably impossible, but I have not made any enemies, so I have learned one part that I am very proud of.

The wisdom of so many people on this journey is overwhelming. From my cousins in Perth, all the way to the families on the east coast I have recently met. I am privileged to meet so many, who have given me shelter, water, food and wisdom in abundance. All I could do was to respect them and their views and thoughts, and treat their homes as a temple. That was always a priviledge to do. Thank you for all those who made such a difference in this long journey.

The 29th will be a special day for me and I hope it will open the imagination of others to follow their own dreams, by living it. Each dream is different, and in my experiences it is no picnic believe me, but the more effort you put in, the more you are rewarded. It took courage for me to follow my heart and earn the right to deserve it, and it is only now that I feel I have.

There are too many names to thank, who changed this dream into a reality, but you all know who you are. I know some will be there in Byron Bay, and it will be a joy to meet these friends again. Some of the most important people of my life will not be there on the 29th, but they will be in my heart. For those no longer with us are their too, in Harvey.

Namaste

Frank Muldowney

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