Tweed man's cross to bear
A KIRRA man dragged a cross through Tweed Heads to deliver an Easter message.
John Van De Leur walked with his 30kg cross from Tweed City to Twin Towns to celebrate and spread his faith.
It was his 11th year of carrying the cross through the Tweed and a small group of believers joined him on his walk yesterday.
"I am a strong believer that Jesus died on the cross for us," Mr Van De Leur said before his walk.
"It usually takes me about 45-50 minutes - depends on how much help I get."
He said he would continue to walk each Good Friday for as long as his body let him.
"I feel it a little more each year," he said.
Nino Suraci has walked with Mr Van De Leur for the past three years.
"I came up from Melbourne and we found out that John was doing this," Mr Suraci said.
"What John is doing is expressing our faith to the public.
"People are having the services this morning in the buildings but they are not showing their faith.
"The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith."
Mr Suraci said there was often mocking and taunting during the walk to Twin Towns.
"This sort of mocking started at the foot of the cross in Jesus' time," he said.
"I don't want to be locked up between four walls. I want to express my faith."
Mr Suraci said he lived for 34 years as an atheist and had been fighting against the flow to find his faith.
Mr Van De Leur is a member of the Church of Christ in Tweed Head.
About 10 people accompanied him on his walk this Good Friday.