400km ‘Long Walk to Treatment’
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.”