Thursday 31st August 2006, saw the conclusion of the 800 mile Walk
across Wisconsin. A big Thank-you to all those dedicated people who helped
make this adventure a reality.
on the day I was walking into Superior, My own Father was being rushed
into hospital back in Australia. He died on Sunday (Saturday American
time). Ironically it was Father's Day in Australia.
returned to Australia to be with my family. I will be back in a few weeks
to continue being a Dad to my daughter and will finish off the daily diary
with the final few days commentary and photos.
To raise awareness and charitable donations for the plight of the
Fatherless children in Wisconsin.
This walk is
dedicated to the children of Wisconsin, because to a child, its family
includes both a Mother and Father.
in 1909, Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington invented Father's
Day. Her own father, Henry Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, raised six
children after his wife died in childbirth. His daughter wanted a special
day to honor the sacrifices he made raising six children alone and the
sacrifices of all devoted dads. She selected June
19, her father's birthday, as the first Father's Day
recent poll found that 72% of
Americans believe that fatherless ness is the most significant family or
social problem facing America.
a study of fathers' interaction with their children in intact two-parent
families, nearly 90% of the fathers
surveyed said that being a Father is the most fulfilling
role a man can have.
40% of the children of divorced
parents haven't seen their Dads in the past year.
children are "at a dramatically greater risk" of drug and
alcohol abuse, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Today, all over Wisconsin, there are far too many innocent children
that do not have the protection, participation and support of two parents.
What is conspicuously obvious by the damning National and State statistics
is the lack of two parents to care for children, specifically Fathers.
doesn't take a lot of modern sociological data for people to realize that
involved Dads make an irreplaceable contribution to the lives of their
is a ground level walk. A walk to find the truth. A walk to ask the hard
Children are suffering Fatherless ness?
Fathers are not seeing their children?
Walk from one end of Wisconsin to the other. The starting point
will be on the East bank of the Mississippi River at Sandy Hook on the
South West corner of Wisconsin, then across to Milwaukee, back to Madison,
up to Green Bay then over to the finish at Superior on the North West
corner of Wisconsin.
There will be 43 days of walking with the starting date being
Monday June 19, 2006 - the day after Fathers day. The ending date will be
August 31st, 2006 - the day before the Labor Day weekend. The
walk will not be an every day continuous walk. There will be days of rest.
These days will correspond with appearances, speaking engagement and fund
raising in the local communities as the walk traverses through local