Dylan Finn is planning to walk 3500km from Tweed Heads to Darwin to raise money and awareness about youth depression.
Dylan Finn is planning to walk 3500km from Tweed Heads to Darwin to raise money and awareness about youth depression. Blainey Woodham

Danger forces walker off road

IF there is one thing Dylan Finn learned at the weekend, it was that raising money for youth depression will be no walk in the park.

The 15-year-old was nursing sore legs yesterday after trekking more than 45km from Tweed Heads South to Helensvale at the weekend.

It was a practice outing for his upcoming 3500km trek from Tweed Heads to Darwin next year.

His original goal for the weekend was to walk to Brisbane but had to turn back due to heavy traffic.

He left Tweed Heads South at 6pm on Friday and arrived at Helensvale at 7am Saturday.

“I could have kept going if it wasn’t for the traffic,” Dylan said.

“It was pretty hectic out there though and we just thought it would be safer to get off the road.”

The walk to Darwin was inspired by Dylan’s late brother Curtis, who tragically took his own life.

Dylan hopes to raise money and awareness during the walk for youth depression.

His dream has been backed by his family and friends from Tweed River High School.

He said he would be hitting the gym before his next practice walk from Tweed Heads to Ballina in March.

“I’ve got a bit of training to do I think,” he said.

If Dylan walks 100km a day, it will take him at least 35 days to arrive at his Northern Territory destination.

Most of the walking will be done on roads but he said he would take the occasional detour across desert and through bushland.

Help for depression is available at Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800.

Any potential sponsors can contact Dylan on 0412 363 721.



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