Camel train raises funds on way to Mun­dub­bera

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

A PAIR em­bark­ing on an epic trek with 17 white camels will pass through the North Bur­nett, all in the name of high­light­ing two causes.

Ash­ley Huskisson is ful­fill­ing his six year dream to walk across the desert to the coast to raise aware­ness about camel culling and youth sui­cide.

The 56-year-old was in­spired to take the leap of faith and to “just do it” along with his nephew Shane Con­way.

“For six years I’ve wanted to do this, I was blessed to have a very healthy fam­ily and you’ve got peo­ple strug­gling in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory,” Mr Huskisson said.

“I chose to walk camels be­cause they are unique to Aus­tralia and I read an ar­ti­cle that said 60,000 were killed, for five years I learnt about camels and here I am rais­ing aware­ness for them too.”

The pair started out from Bou­lia in Western Aus­tralia and hope to reach the Sun­shine Coast in the next few months.

Towns they will pass through in­clude Theodore, Cra­cow, Mun­dub­bera, Widgee and Gympie.

“The walk so far is pretty tir­ing, it’d be good if we had an­other 15 peo­ple help­ing us,” Mr Huskisson said.

“We had 19 camels to be­gin with but on the way a semi-trailer went past and they got ex­cited, two got tan­gled in the ropes and didn’t make it.

“We’ve also got wild bulls that come out at night and we’re fight­ing them off with a pitch­fork.”

Mr Huskisson said he would also hold a fundraiser for the Theodore Ju­nior Foot­ball Club.

“We’ve got five small camels and three pure white camels that we will bring,” he said.

You can fol­low their jour­ney across Queens­land on their Face­book page at Desert to Ocean Camel Walk 2k17.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG TREK: Ash­ley Huskisson is walk­ing 17 camels with Shane Con­way and should ar­rive in Mun­dub­bera in the next two months or so.

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