Pieter Lindhout is not your everyday adventurer.
He’s a man on a mission to do incredible things with a fascinating story that will capture your heart and leave you inspired about the incredible people in our community.
Pieter has set out to recreate the famous march which enlisted volunteers from the bush to join the Australian Infantry (AIF) at the start of World War 1 (WW1), to raise awareness and funds for batyr in support for youth mental health.
On March 22nd, Pieter's journey started as he departed Gilgandra in Western NSW.
The weather was horrendous. Over 100mls of rain fell that day, but that couldn’t dampen Pieter’s to start his journey to walk 520kms with a plan to arrive in Martin Place for the Anzac Day dawn service on the 25th April.
By taking the original October 1915 "Coo-ee March" route, Pieter should be walking for 33 days with many nights camping under the stars. Hopefully a few at outback pubs will offer him shelter and a cold beer as he shares his story with locals.
But what on earth would motivate Pieter to embark on such as epic adventure?
A few years ago Pieter wrote a book based on World War I.
The book delved into the amazing sacrifices of Pieter's great uncles Jack and Will Jensen and Sydney Campbell who fought at Gallipoli and the Western Front and returned home with debilitating Post Traumatic Stress syndrome (PTSD).
This was a crippling condition which nearly defined their post war lives.
More recently Pieter has been disturbed by the pain that so many of our youth are experiencing, with the increased stories and statistics of tragic youth suicide.
Pieter is encouraged and heartened by how far we have come in the last 100 years in supporting those in our community experiencing PTSD.
His goal is to raise awareness for assist our at-risk kids, which is the inspiration behind this incredible and support for the tremendous work done by batyr.
batyr is a for-purpose, preventative mental health organisation, created and driven by young people, for young people.
...of every 30 students in Australia, seven will be dealing with a mental health issue, yet only two will reach out for support, leaving five suffering in silence. Sadly, most young people dealing with mental health issues do not reach out for help, largely due to stigma...
Keep up to date and support Pieter’s adventure by donating via www.cooeewalk.com.au
Listen to Pieter’s interview on ABC Radio on the video below: