400km ‘Long Walk to Treat­ment’

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By DARCEE NIXON

Jeff Amatto and Steve Mor­ris of Brother­s4re­cov­ery An ini­tia­tive to high­light the ex­treme dis­tances peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas must travel to get help for drug treat­ment was launched at Vic­to­ria Park on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

‘The Long Walk To Treat­ment’

sees 100 ev­ery­day Aus­tralians tak­ing turns and walk­ing the 400km from Dubbo to Syd­ney to draw at­ten­tion to the is­sue. Lo­cal res­i­dent and treat­ment seeker Shantell Ir­win was the first walker.

The walk­ers will carry a ba­ton con­tain­ing an open let­ter to the NSW Par­lia­ment high­light­ing this is­sue and call­ing for en­hanced fund­ing for vi­tal treat­ment and broader sys­tem­atic change.

Bri­tish en­tre­pre­neur and ad­ven­turer Sir Richard Bran­son is sup­port­ing this cause and launched the Fair Treat­ment cam­paign in Syd­ney last week say­ing, “We need to start deal­ing with drugs as a health is­sue and not as a crim­i­nal is­sue so that we can give peo­ple the help they need.”

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