21 October, 2023
Locals turnout to walk for a cause
The crisp morning air was alive with anticipation as the sun cast a golden glow upon Mareeba during the Mareeba Mental Health Champions Suicide Prevention Walk.
Starting at Arnold Park, early risers gathered at 5.30am where Adrienne Smillie, a dedicated champion herself, led a 15-minute stretch to prepare both body and spirit for the journey that lay ahead.
At 6am, the crowd set off on a 2km walk that wound its way through the quiet streets of Mareeba.
Returning to Arnold Park, the walkers were greeted by a feeling of accomplishment and the scent of breakfast in the air.
The event's centrepiece was a series of inspirational speeches from Dr Nathan Walmsley and Katrina Kazim.
They shared their personal stories of resilience and hope, offering solace and strength to those who needed it most.