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Hello everyone and welcome to Di's first blog for the walk. This is actually the second blog I have done for this day, because my computer skills assisted me in the losing the first one. Now I might tell you that the first blog was superb and I am unsure if I will be able to repeat such excellence! But I will give it a go.
Walking to Canberra from Brisbane was an option I entertained a few months ago when a friend told me she was organising a planet awareness walk. I told her then i was impressed with her spirit and wished her well. After many promptings from various sources I have found myself on the road walking beside my friend June and learning heaps about the world in which we live.
Once upon a time the clock struck 6am and June opened the bedroom door and shouted "WAKE UP!!" (This seems to be a pattern.) I staggered out into the kitchen to find Dawn recycling the compost from the garbage bin. Hence Dawn has become Dumpster Diver Dawn, shortened to DIVA DAWN. By 8am we were out the door and walking after a circle of welcome to the walkers for the day. Cassie - the only one capable of reading a map is now known as Compass Cassie. She stopped us from walking in circles and saved a few kilometres by finding the correct roads on which to walk. Di was kept busy being the taxi driver while POCKET ROCKET June talks at a hundred miles an hour - educating the unsuspecting public. 16 or was it 19.7 km later we arrived at a private home greeted by wonderful people. We immersed ourselves in the cool swimming pool and enjoyed dinner complete with background music and we are now ready for a deep sleep on real beds ( camp mats are not as good as the advertising says they are!)
13 March, Day 1 – Written by Dawn
We are at St Agnes school hall at Holland Park. After an 8 km walk from Musgrave Park at South Brisbane. Over fifty enthusiastic supporters walked out of Jagera Arts Centre, led by Aunty Valda Coolwell shortly after 10 am. Our lunch stop was at Stones Corner and the wonderful people from Food Not Bombs have brought us a delicious dinner. Thank you for all the generous donations for the hefty public liability insurance, but now we have peace of mind. Thank you to Quakers for funding our launch morning tea and to Ecumenical Social Justice Group – Western Suburbs for funds towards our support vehicle.
The feisty five: June, Cassie, Di, Sue and Dawn
Wow what wonderful energies at the Jagera Arts Centre at the launch of the Footprints for Peace Walk to Canberra on Saturday. So much happened on that morning; so many informed, creative and concerned persons joining together with hope and passion I reckon that we can make a difference in the world by attending to the preservation and sacredness of Mother Earth and all inhabitants , along with the dreadful awareness of what damage has already been done and the ongoing consequences of that.
If you want a peaceful and sustainable future, join the 5 women who are walking from Brisbane to Canberra on Saturday 13th March. The launch will start at 8am at Jagara Arts Centre, Musgrave Park Cultural Centre, 121 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane. There will be speeches, music, drama, folding of peace cranes and the women will be presented with a message stick from an indigenous representative to take to Canberra. After the formalities, we will have a morning tea and commence the walk to Canberra.
The Women's Peace Walk "Footprints for Peace" is leaving Brisbane on March 13 for an epic three month trek to Canberra.
They need a support vehicle to carry tents and gear for the trip.
If you want to come along on the trip, or have a car you don't mind lending for three months, please call June on 0408169414.
Organised by women, the Footprints for Peace Walk invites men to join in too.