Broken Hill Mayor Wincen Cuy has launched the Autism walk to Wellington signalling his full support.
“I will be there on the morning of the walk and I’ll walk the first part of the journey with your team,” Mr Cuy indicated at a meeting in Broken Hill on Monday.
The mayor met with walk co-ordinator Aimy Thorne, who is walking with a team of 20 other women from Broken Hill to Wellington, a journey of 804 kilometres, to raise awareness of the disorder.
“Broken Hill has got right behind this event,” Ms Thorne said.
“The mayor, Rotary, local people and Stacey Evers, who has an autistic child who is seven years old.”
Stacey Evers believes the walk is an important event which will help raise awareness across the nation.
“My little boy is seven and he’s severly affected by this disorder and Aimy’s walk is fantastic for people like this in remote and rural nsw,” Ms Evers said.
Ms Thorne said she has had calls and face book messages from people in the United States and England while the support from politicians, in all levels of government, is extra ordinary.
“The walk begins on July 17 and will stop in Wilcannia, Cobar, Narromine, Trangie and Dubbo with the final kilometres in Wellington,” she said.
Mr Cuy joked that he won’t be wearing any shorts, admitting it will be cold, while the local police sergeant has expressed support with a police escort out of Broken Hill from Sturt Park waved on by the local mayor.
A number of sponsors have come on board for this marathon walk and, after travelling the distance by car, Ms Thorne is aware of the enormity of the job ahead but is not perturbed.
“It’s all for the children,” she said.