Hiking for mental health
Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash managing director, Paul Walters, is no stranger to helping raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.
Each year, Paul and the Aussie Pooch Mobile team band together for various events (such as One Foot Forward, raising funds by way of walking during the month of October) raising money and awareness for Mental Health. Last November saw Paul climb Cradle Mountain in Tasmania where him and his team raised over $7,000.
This year, in 2023, Paul is taking on the more challenging trek by walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in November. It is a gruelling hike of 96km’s over 9 days which will test him and his crew both physically and mentally. He and his team of 14 have a fundraising goal of $195,000 to assist the Black Dog Institute.
So far this year, Paul has been in training and hiked some long treks of 20-30kms with his most recent being the 48k Kokoda Challenge in Brisbane.
Paul says, “The 48km Kokoda Challenge in Brisbane was easily the toughest 14 and a half hours I have had in a long time. I am so proud of my team and all our amazing supporters and look forward to continuing our training in the next 5 months.”
Paul has created a Facebook page where he is documenting his training, the trek itself and all the associated highs and lows. If you want to follow along, make sure you check out the Facebook page.
If you would like to donate to the Black Dog Institute, click HERE and help increase awareness of Mental Health.
Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash is so proud to have a leader that really leads the way for our Aussie Pooch motto of ‘We Care’.
Amazing work Paul! We are excited to follow along with your journey.