… Adam & Ned kick off their trek this Saturday …

Saturday February 24 2018, father and son duo Adam Richards and 14 year old Ned Thorn start a two week, 310km walk for refugee freedom from the Sydney CBD to Parliament House in Canberra. This is an encore of their 1200km Adelaide to Canberra stroll last year.

They will begin Saturday 24 Feb with a 10am photo call at the Opera House Forecourt steps. They will then stroll to Sydney Town Hall.

There will be a rally with speeches from 12.15pm at Town Hall Square (south side of Sydney Town Hall in George St. Supporters will then accompany Adam and Ned on the first twenty kilometres towards the national capital.

This larrikin, apolitical pair is patriotic, sincere, ocker, bonded and tough as old their own boots. They are great tv and radio talent as previous interviews show (see below). Adam is an Adelaide lawyer. Ned has leave from school. They value their time together as well as standing up for kindness and a “fair go”.

Over summer 2016-2017 Adam and Ned trudged the 1200 km from Adelaide to Canberra at a rate of 30 km per day. With swollen feet and dusty, busted shoes, they met with PM Malcolm Turnbull and LOP Bill Shorten as well as Senator Nick McKim. They presented a petition. There was also a ritual “jumping in the lake” in cardboard boats, a celebratory “regatta”. Sailors in cardboard and real craft can join us again on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra this year. (Architect of current offshore refugee policy and boat turnbacks Senator Jim Molan is especially invited to take the leap).

With every blistering step Adam and Ned appeal for all the refugee men, women and children on the islands of Manus and Nauru to be evacuated and provided with safe solutions that respects their human rights. Adam and Ned stand for a humane approach to those that seek safety on our shores and believe Australians can provide for our own safety without harming those who have turned to us for theirs. We do not have to sacrifice one for the other, they claim. Five years detained and in limbo is too long for people just like us. We want the camps in Manus and Nauru immediately evacuated and the people brought here or to a safe third country in freedom. Their supporters include family, friends, refugee advocates and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, ASRC

• Join or Support Adam and Ned’s Campaign …

The distance from Canberra to Manus Island and then Nauru of 5925 km one way. We can collectively go the distance, by each walking part of that journey and sharing aggregates walked on social media.

Every Aussie can take part whether or not they can make it to Canberra.

This parallel event is known as the Canberra Walk For Refugees – Social Media Campaign.

See: https://www.facebook.com/events/2102339946665527/. It ensures that every Australian can take part whether or not they can come to Canberra.

Join in the Walk and take this opportunity to stand for a humane approach to those that seek safety on our shores. We can provide for our own safety without harming those who have turned to us for theirs. We do not have to sacrifice one for the other.

The distance from Canberra to Manus Island and then Nauru of 5925 km one way. We will collectively go the distance, by each walking part of that journey and sharing aggregates walked on social media.

Background:

1. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/meet-the-father-and-son-walking-from-adelaide-to-canberra-to-help-refugees

2. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/father-and-son-walk-from-adelaide-to-parliament-house-to-protest-offshore-detention

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Recent Radio Interview (ABC): http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/sydney-to-canberra-to-protest-offshore-detention/9449152

For further information or to join the campaign go to:

https://www.facebook.com/canberrawalkforrefugees

twitter: @walkforrefugees #CanberraWalkForRefugees

email: info@canberrawalkforrefugees.org.au

Chuffed fundraising link:

https://www.chuffed.org/project/refugee-regatta-safety-for-all-on-manus-nauru
Jane Salmon for Adam Richards