Man foots costs over re­build­ing of school

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A MEL­BOURNE man has used Townsville as a scenic pit stop on his way to walk­ing 3500km to raise $ 100,000 for chil­dren still af­fected by the Viet­nam War.

Joseph Ed­wards, 21, left Cairns a fort­night ago on his mam­moth fundrais­ing jour­ney to Mel­bourne.

His char­ity, Walk The Line, aims to raise money for chil­dren whose par­ents were af­fected by agent or­ange in the Viet­nam War.

Mr Ed­wards taught in Hai Doung in 2013, where he worked at a blind school with chil­dren af­fected by the her­bi­cide passed down from their par­ents.

Mr Ed­wards said he had raised $ 11,000 so far, as he mo­tored to­wards his next ma­jor stop, Ayr, where he should ar­rive on Mon­day.

“I’ve got blis­ters on my left foot but the pain goes away when I start walk­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple have been pretty awe­some on my jour­ney, with lots of honks and waves, and I was stoked when I checked the bank ac­count.

“I want to raise $ 100,000 be­cause the school I taught at is fall­ing down and they are try­ing to build another one, and that’s how much it money it will take.”

To fol­low Mr Ed­wards’ jour­ney or to do­nate, go to walk­the­line2015. com or search Walk The Line com­mu­nity page on Face­book.

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