Walk a Mile in my Boots 2015

Preparing to do the 30 mile walk from Willunga to the Hutt Street Centre are Kathryn Shaw, Julie Day, Richard Leask, Becky Hirst, Erin Stacey and Eddie the dog.
Preparing to do the 30 mile walk from Willunga to the Hutt Street Centre are Kathryn Shaw, Julie Day, Richard Leask, Becky Hirst, Erin Stacey and Eddie the dog.

Willunga and McLaren Vale locals are showing their support for homeless people by walking 56 kilometres to raise funds for the Hutt Street Centre.

At the time of print, nearly 30 people from the region had registered to walk the distance from Willunga to Hutt Street.

The goal is to raise $30,000 and according to one of the organisers Julie Day there is a lot of support in the community.

“The whole community is behind what we are doing and supporting our mission,” Julie said.

“We are a generous community.

“We have a good relationship with the Hutt Street Centre and it is no real hardship for us to walk 56 kilometres compared to the hardships homeless people face on a daily basis.

“We are calling it the 30-mile walk.

“It is particularly tough in winter on these cold nights for homeless people.”

Walk a Mile in my Boots will be held on July 31. To take part, register at www.walkamile15.gofundraise.com.au/cms/home

The group walking from Willunga to Hutt Street are called the Willunga Wanderers and on July 4, Dance a Mile in My Boots was held at the Wirra Wirra Barrel Hall.

“We are aiming to be the biggest fundraisers for the third consecutive year and make the life of homeless people a lot more bearable by supporting the Hutt Street Centre,” Julie said.

The Hutt Street Centre is a frontline agency for homeless and vulnerable people.

The centre is accessed by people who sleep in the Adelaide parklands, squat in nearby buildings, and reside in cheap hotels, boarding houses, community housing and public housing.

Hutt Street Centre’s vision is for a society where everyone is respected and encouraged to reach and sustain their full potential in a healthy, safe and inclusive community.

Julie Day said there are 6000 homeless in South Australia and the aim statewide is for 6000 people to walk for the cause.

“The goal is of course to raise funds for the homeless and the Hutt Street Centre, but to also have one person walk for every person who is homeless in our state,” Julie said.

“On July 31 there will be three walks available.

“There is Willunga to Hutt Street (30-mile walk), Willunga to McLaren Vale (four-mile walk) and in McLaren Vale, Oxenberry to Hardys (one-mile walk).”