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Steve Widders and Mick Adams walk and ride from Brisbane to Sydney for Aboriginal men's health

Date posted: 17 October 2012

Steve Widders, an Indigenous health advocate who is legally blind, and Dr Mick Adams, a prominent Indigenous leader and HealthInfoNet Advisory Board member, are walking and cycling from Brisbane to Sydney to raise awareness about the importance of good health for Aboriginal men and families.

The event, entitled Walk Rider Widders, invites all Australian men to realise their personal obligations and responsibility to each other and to take action to improve their physical, mental, spiritual and environmental health.

Mr Widders had to overcome enormous personal obstacles to become an Indigenous health leader and advocate after being diagnosed with blindness (by the late Fred Hollows) 20 years ago.

'Following personal mental health issues including depression and suicidal tendencies I realised nothing would change unless I changed so I set out to turn adversity into a more positive mode. In doing so, I became aware of my obligation as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend and colleague to provide support and direction to others in my life,' Widders says.

Mr Widders and Dr Adams departed Brisbane on 11 October and intend to reach Redfern Park in Sydney on 24 October.

To follow their ongoing journey and to make a donation, click on this link or visit the webpages listed below.

Source: NACCHO


Colin Cowell
NACCHO media
Mobile: 0401 331 251


Last updated: 17 October 2012
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