Each day in Australia, it is estimated that eight people take their own lives. Sadly, Liane Drummond’s son, David, was one of these statistics.
At 28-years-old, David committed suicide, leaving behind his beloved golden retriever, Charlie, family and friends.
It has been one year since David’s death, but Liane is on a mission to raise awareness about the burgeoning suicide rate gripping the nation and the inadequate funding that mental health receives.
Liane and her husband, Tony, have created ‘Walk for Sunshine’, a 365 day, 10,000 kilometre journey by foot, in memory David (of whom Liane affectionately nick- named “Sunshine”).
On Tuesday, 31 October, day 23 of their walk, Liane and Tony landed in Coonabarabran.
If statistics are correct, that would mean 184 people had committed suicide since they departed their home in Chillingham, Queensland, on 9 October.
Averaging 40 kilometres a day, the duo were heading south towards Dubbo, but were looking forward to a viewing session at Milroy Observatory during their stop- over.
They will finish in Canberra on 10 October, 2018, which is World Mental Health Day and are hoping they will have the opportunity to speak with the Prime Minister.
“Whoever that is at the time,” Tony joked.
Liane and Tony Drummond, pictured with golden retriever, Charlie, and George the Pug, stopped over in Coonabarabran on Tuesday night, as part of their 10,000 kilometre journey around Australia to raise awareness about the increasing suicide rate and the inadequate funding mental health receives.