MARATHON MAN: Frank Muldowney (left) accompanied by supporters Richard Stoyles, of Mullumbimby (middle) and Nathan Sturdy, of M
MARATHON MAN: Frank Muldowney (left) accompanied by supporters Richard Stoyles, of Mullumbimby (middle) and Nathan Sturdy, of M

Frank shows all the pluck of the Irish

By RACHEL AFFLICK rachel.afflick@northernstar.com.au WALKING from Perth to Byron Bay is as simple as putting one step in front of another, according to Irishman Frank Muldowney.

Having completed a 6000km walk across Australia, Mr Muldowney on Wednesday arrived in Byron Bay, the final stop in his Pilgrimage for Peace.

From 1989 to 1999 Mr Muldowney completed 16 long-distance walks for charity in Ireland, France, Spain and Peru. He left Perth about six months ago. Even after an epileptic fit near !Norseman, the western gateway to the Nullarbor, he pushed on.

Arriving in Byron Bay the indefatigable Irishman felt 'terrific'.

"It feels like a weight has lifted off my shoulders," Mr Muldowney said.

"I've been wanting to do this for one-and-a-half years. It's a really good feeling."

His story makes the walk even more remarkable.

In 1985Mr Muldowney, then 19, suffered a brain haemorrhage, which left him unable to speak or comprehend speech.

But he decided to take charge of his own health and through physical training and lots of walking turned around his future.

The Pilgrimage for Peace is a part of that process. "The walk is not the main purpose. I'm trying to change negative thinking to positive thinking," he said.

He also believes world peace is possible, and it's a message he wants to spread along the way.

Mr Muldowney will officially complete his walk when he arrives at the Cape Byron Lighthouse tomorrow. Community members are invited to meet him at the Byron Bay Visitor Information Centre at 12pm for the final leg to the lighthouse.

For details of his journey log onto www.believinginharvey.!com.



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