Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has completed his 500km Walk for Autism, crossing the finish line at the Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings.
As part of his over 500km trek across the electorate of Flinders, the Minister has spoken to thousands of students about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and how to support those living with the condition.
“It has been a rewarding and at times emotional experience,” Minister Hunt said. “I have heard many stories of the difficulties faced by local families caring for a child with autism and directly from the children themselves about how living with ASD affects them.”
“That’s why I took on this challenge. I am pleased that we have been able to visit so many schools in the Flinders electorate, to raise awareness about autism.”
“A child with autism finds the world a confusing place and often struggles to communicate and socialise with other children. As we visited each school the message was simple: be a friend to someone with autism.”
“While there is no cure, autism responds well to early intervention and assistance. Crucially, community understanding helps make life better for those with autism.”
Thanks to the tremendous support of the schools and the local community, the walk has exceeded the $30,000 target.
At this stage more than $120,000 has been raised for the Abacus Learning Centre in Hastings and the Light Up Autism Foundation, with more donations still to come.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated, including the schools who have held special fundraising events, as well as the families who have joined us on the road,” Mr Hunt said.
Donations can still be made online through greghunt.com.au and you can also view some of our videos from the journey on social media.