The Long Walk is a charity inspired by Michael Long's walk to Canberra and raises awareness to improve and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and life opportunities.
Michael is recreating his Long Walk in 2004, walking from Wurundjeri Country (Melbourne Town Hall), commencing 27th August, arriving in Ngunnawal-Ngambri Country (Canberra), on 14th September.
Michael is using the walk to discuss the referendum, with everyday Australians and is urging Australians to vote 'yes' to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “I’m asking Australians to lace up their shoes, [and] come walk with me. And vote Yes,” he said.
Today the College was very fortunate to be invited by the charity, to have several of our students not only meet Michael Long but also walk with him.
Our students were extremely excited to meet the AFL Legend, who played in two premierships, won a Norm Smith medal and played 190 games for Essendon.
They were equally thrilled with the opportunity to meet Nova Peris OAM who is joining Michael on the Long Walk. Nova is an Aboriginal Australian athlete and former politician. As part of the Australian women's field hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games, she was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.
Both Michael Long and Nova Peris were so giving of their time and were happy to chat with our students, and pose for selfies.
WSC would like to thank Michael Long and Nova Peris for the opportunity on behalf of our students and wish them safe travels as they continue their walk.