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He Made It

He Made It

15 Year Old’s Mighty Effort

A jug of raspberry soft drink never tasted so refreshing, as teenager Jack Mcqualter-Whyte completed his ANZAC Day walk, to raise money and awareness for veterans.

The 15 year old walked from the Mulwala RSL Dawn Service to the Bundalong Tavern, in full military kit and was thrilled with the support he received along the way.

“It was really good. We ran down the main street at the start and got out on to the highway where we were a bit more cautious,” Jack said.

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“We got plenty of toots, people pulled over and made donations so it was really good.”

Jack had initially hoped to raise a thousand dollars, but was proud of the total donated by a generous community.

“We smashed the thousand dollar mark that’s for sure, with over $8,200 that’s going to be distributed between our three charities - Soldier On, Goorambat Veterans’ Retreat and Path of the Horse,” Jack said.

Asked whether his arrival was emotional, Jack revealed he was focussed on one thing, quenching his thirst.

“I wasn’t too emotional, I was straight into my jug of raspberry,” Jack said.

“ I noticed a lot of people around me were pretty emotional about it.”

As for any injuries or soreness sustained along the way, Jack seems to have come through reasonable well.

“I got one pretty nasty blister, but the rest is pretty good – I had some great socks donated. I’m resting up now and not likely to walk anywhere today – not even to school,” he laughed.

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