A year’s journey has now finished for Clinton Pryor, who travelled through the Highlands on his Walk for Justice.
Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group (WRG) welcomed Clinton during his stay in the shire and collected donations from the community to help support him.
Certificate of thanks were recently handed out to businesses that made donations.
“The community response to Clinton’s Walk for Justice was overwhelming,” WRG chairperson Kim Leevers said.
”It is so pleasing to see so many local businesses and individuals open their hearts and offer generous support to the team.
”It was a honour for our community that Clinton and the team spent several days here recharging their batteries for the final push through to Canberra. The bitterly cold weather and wind was a bit of a shock, in fact the coldest they’d encountered on their 5,500km long walk from Matagarup, Perth.”
Plenty of Highlanders travelled to Canberra on September 3 to celebrate the end of Clinton’s journey.
His walk was in protest of the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
“Many local people travelled to Canberra to walk to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to conclude the walk. This was a wonderful occasion, with thousands at the Embassy,” Mr Leevers said.
“To see Clinton, the Spirit Walker wrapped in the Wingecarribee possum skin cloak, embraced by the Elders as he arrived at the Embassy was wonderful. The many local hands that stitched, etched and ochred that cloak should be very proud of how their effort has now been seen on the national stage.”
Mr Leevers said WRG thanked all those who provided support including Mittagong Motel, Mittagong RSL, Orange Vietnamese Restaurant, Hojo Espresso, Bakers Delight, Michel’s Espresso, Berrima Scout Camp, Hot Canary Gourmet Meats, Kevin Parker and friends, Meals on Wheels, Polly’s Pies and Pastries, Snax on Trax, YurtFarm Goulburn, Beth Boughton, Jo Albany and Peter Swain.