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‘Australia’s Longest Walk Home’ From Byron Bay to Brisbane

Sexual assault is a huge welfare issue and Red Frogs are undertaking Australia's Longest Walk Home to raise awareness and funds.

By Steff WillisWednesday 25 May 202296five BreakfastInspirational StoriesReading Time: 2 minutes

Red Frog’s Andy Gourley (aka Boss Frog) is walking 182km from Byron Bay to Brisbane.

For 25 years Red Frog volunteers have been serving at Schoolies Week, university parties and music festivals to prevent sexual assaults and violence through their walk home service.

Each ‘walk home’ helps another person get home safely, possibly preventing opportunistic and unwanted behaviour in a moment that they would have otherwise confronted alone.

In a recent National Student Safety Survey on the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021, findings revealed that since starting university, 1 in 6 students have experienced sexual harassment and 1 in 20 experienced sexual assault. Of this number, only 1 in 4 of students who were sexually assaulted sought support or assistance.

“It’s clear that more work needs to be done to not only protect young people with “walk-homes” and to support victims, but also to change the culture through awareness of support pathways and education such as bystander training”, Red Frogs CO and Founder Andy Gourley said.

“I’ll probably lose all my toenails in the process but that’s a price I’m willing to pay to see culture change.”

“Our teams do up to 5000 walk homes a year and we have seen a remarkable drop in reports of sexual assaults. Rather than young girls walking back from the beach party to their hotels intoxicated and alone, our teams are available to be a friendly and trusted face and make sure they get there safely – and no dodgy blokes pick them up on the way”.

Andy Gourley is walking from Byron Bay to Brisbane in Australia's Longest Walk Home

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96five’s Ken and Nicky caught up with Boss Frog Andy Gourley while undertaking the massive walk from Byron Bay to Brisbane.

“You sleep pretty well after walking six hours a day and on average 22-30km’s a day” Andy said.

“I’ve been smashing about 40,000 steps a day which my tracker thinks I’m cheating I think cos it’s way above my normal that’s for sure.”

You can be a part of Australia’s Longest Walk Home by walking virtually or joining the team in person.

“We’ve had some great people in WA and in Victoria jump on their treadmill at work or at home and knock out the km’s, one person has actually done over 100km’s on their treadmill which is amazing in support of the froggies.”

To join Andy Gourley on Australia’s Longest Walk Home or to find out more, visit the website.