By Darren Stones
In 2011, Let's Walk Australia was successfully established due to the efforts of Jodie Evans and myself. We believe this initiative can assist people to participate in a healthy activity whilst also being able to connect with like-minded people.
Let's Walk Australia has received good support to date, and in 2012 we intend to further raise awareness of the walking initiative, where the objectives include: improving fitness; improving self-esteem; improving confidence; overcoming social anxiety and isolation; reducing stigma.
In 2011, John Conway - Chomagraphics kindly donated his graphic design skills and services for our brochure. Award-winning printer Impact Digital kindly donated their printing services for our brochure. We thank them both for their generosity.
To date we have received media coverage in the Moonee Valley Leader, Moreland Leader and HealthSmart magazine. Heightened efforts will be undertaken during 2012 to gain wider media coverage, and it is envisaged that myself and Jodie would be interviewed so we can convey our passion for this initiative whereby inspiring more people to participate.
Beyondblue now lists our monthly walks in their Events calendar and this helps give us wider publicity with a well regarded organisation directly connected to mental health.
Our first walk for 2012 is on Saturday 4 February, 2012 at 9.00am, and I look forward to meeting you then. Please check our Venue and Dates pages for further information.