Today I officially set off on my 500km walk around the electorate to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings and Amaze (Autism Victoria).
We braved the chilly conditions at Arthurs Seat this morning to start the 19 day journey.
It was terrific to see so many supporters turn out early in the morning to send me on my way, including children with autism and their parents.
The main reason for my walk is to increase awareness about autism and to get people talking in the community about what they can do to support people with autism.
With more than 230,000 Australians affected by autism, most people know someone who is impacted, whether it is a nephew, brother, aunt, grandchild, friend or colleague.
This year I am aiming to raise $25,000 to help children and their families living with autism.
Funds raised will be divided between Amaze (Autism Victoria) and Abacus Learning Centre to help them continue to provide valuable support for children with autism.
Throughout the 19 day walk I will visit 56 schools in my electorate to raise awareness of autism and will be encouraging schools and community groups to support my fundraising effort.
I hope community groups in the townships I pass along the way will help me in this incredibly worthy cause.
I encourage anyone who knows someone with autism to walk with me for 1km, a day, or any part of the walk to help me support this cause or to meet me along the way for a coffee and a chat.
People can also support my fundraising efforts by making a donation at www.greghunt.com.au
Any assistance you can provide will make a real difference to the lives of many children with autism and their families.
To join my 500km Walk for Autism, please phone my office on (03) 5979 3188.