(Guest Post) David-Anthony Gunter

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Had the pleasure of spending the day walking with Clinton Pryor who has quickly become one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. I’ve been following Clintons journey the last 14 days as he walks from WA to Canberra to meet with the PM to seek treaty and justice for First Nation people’s.

This walk will be studied by my kids in time to come and will be up there with Mabo. I feel honoured that myself and one of my boys had this opportunity to be apart of history to join Clinton on this journey and I certainly will be by his side when he reaches Alice Springs and Canberra.

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With all the media publicity, I find it hard to believe that no one has offered to purchase him shoes! Hopefully the new shoes I got him will get a few miles.

14470556_10210261048192429_3153396744645782651_nClinton will be addressing the town of Kalgoorlie on Tuesday and calling for calm, and reminding the town what reconciliation is all about.

One of my favourite parts of the day was sitting around on the side of the highway in the middle of the desert, drinking tea and reciting parts of Forrest Gump!

– David-Anthony Gunter

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*Originally posted on David’s Facebook page, 25th September 2016

Day 48: Cosmo, Newberry

6.30am

14724357_1795568574032544_3836440161348820291_n“Up early to see the sun come up, before we start the day. Dark nights lots of stars, the sun came up around 5 am, good country to be on.” – Noonie


9am

“On the gravel with Clinton Pryor, today we walked on a stretch of gravel that was chopped up. This one was a good stretch of road.” – Noonie

14563310_713438932139912_3189026237481400711_nIt going to be a other beautiful day of walking. The walk for justice well change me into something more stronger and powerful when it is finish. The time for change and hope as come.


10am

14716046_1142852312472538_5427906680088185545_n“Noonie, Clinton walking, Victoria Desert day 3 from Laverton.” – Garry


14572789_1571660922851460_2759816395876567126_nCosmo Newberry Aboriginal Corporation 

Clinton and crew arrived here today.. the kids walked up to the rise and greeted him and we had some refreshments waiting and a welcome to yilka homeland lovely to meet him and get to chat 😊


7.30pm

14713514_713709862112819_5071207271609220276_nHey all just letting you know we are at Cosmo Newberry community and now having a rest before heading up north tomorrow to get closer to Warburton town and onto Uluru the heart land. I like to thank the elders of Cosmo community and the people of Cosmo for welcoming us in and helping us with water, money, shower, food and to wash our clothes. So thank you Cosmo mob for the warm welcome

(Pics) These guys!

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Local kids, (from Goomaling) Naomi, Cyril and Ashley joined Clinton for the last kilometre of the walk into Northam.

We just want to do a special post in thanks of all those people who have stopped to chat or walk with Clinton along the way. Thanks to all those who have beeped, yelled encouragement and stopped to drop off snacks. Clinton loves meeting you all! And to all those who message the Facebook Group with encouragement, we love reading all your messages of support.

Always was and Always will be Aboriginal land. Took the colours to the top of Bluff Knoll Clinton Pryor for you mob….every step seemed treacherous however came off the mountain without injury except sore legs a bit…so here’s “cheers” to your journey to be safe too. – Mary Ann Rath

We are even getting youtube videos!

If you have pictures, send them to the Facebook Group! We love seeing them!

Thank You All!

Day 42: Mt Margaret to Laverton

8.30am

14681613_1792345301021538_3085570941831036359_n“Camp at Mt Margaret, on our way to Laverton today.” – Noonie

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11.30am

14731267_709676115849527_2817769313305989757_nI’m almost there to the spot for the biggest and the most hardest part of the walk and the most hard challenge I ever did in my whole life.


14642036_1792500454339356_1488021506064315756_n“We left Mt Margaret and headed to were we would start walking again, then off to Laverton.” – Noonie


1pm

14567982_1137494846341618_9060479976879148091_n“Clinton playing with his phone.” – Garry


2pm

14717133_1137523006338802_1016843238802562683_n“Just now interview with ABC 10 ks out from Laverten.” – Garry


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4pm

14666320_709790452504760_1739930770118658185_nWalked it from Perth to Laverton, too moorditj. Time to rest up and get want we need from Laverton before starting the walk on Monday to Warburton.


4.30pm

14670760_1792503191005749_5687704868998082379_n“We have made it to Laverton ok, we are well, two days rest then off we go.” – Noonie

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5pm

“Laverton mob Clinton and his team Garry, Noonie are here at Wongatha Village if you would like to come have a yarn and photos with them.” – Georgina Ashwin

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6.30pm

14650154_709877705829368_2105733694711407642_nThis is for all our strong women in Australia. No matter how hard life is for you right now just remember you have the backing of a strong man like me well stand with you.

Day 41: Leaving Leonora

7am

Every day when I wake up. I listen to this. It my number one motivation video. Please have a listen.

I was created in the dark and born in to the light.


9am

14650507_1791371461118922_8189077426693155830_n“Leaving Leonora, on our way, a cool breeze at the moment.” – Noonie

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Wooo I look different 1 month ago until now.


10am

14650057_1791853047737430_3488680854802636930_n“We are at the outback highway now. It is still cool, good day for this walk.” – Noonie


12pm

Now we know how far it is from Laverton to Warburton. 570km walk, 16 days without a signal, temperature get up to 50 degree and negative 7 degrees, with hot wind, fires and dangerous animals like number one deadly snake, number one deadly spiders, number one deadly scorpion, dingos hunt in pack and hard to find water out here. This part of the walk is going to be hard and all eyes with be watching this part. Let do this and make history.

Day 40: (Rest Day) Leonora

8am

We on our way back to Leonora town. To rest up and get back into the walk a gain. Tomorrow the walk will start from Leonora on to Laverton than to Warburton town.


9am

14713555_707501112733694_643005039562716425_nGood morning all firstly I just wanted to thanks Richard & Sandra Evens from Leonora town for doing a welcome to country and doing a BBQ when we first arrive in Leonora town and doing a dinner over they place where we meet the elders and talking with them about want being happen in Leonora town.

Also just wanted to thank Jill Ashwin for helping us and letting us stay at her place to rest up and get supply again for the walk we need for the desert road.

Now we are now on our way walking to Laverton town and mute be off Facebook for about 3 days guys. O.k but see how it go. I well be back on Facebook when I can.


11am

14671363_707576622726143_1019701656111211323_nI get closer and closer everyday to this spot that I screen shot from the computer couple month back. This spot is the last road before it changes to dirt road call the Central Desert Road from Laverton, Warburton and on to Uluru the heart land people. I get closer and closer to the hardest part of the walk and it well be hard because the temperature can get up to 50 degree’s and also negative 7 degrees. But also fire, hot wind and the ground get hot as well. Nature itself is the only thing against me on this center desert road.

Everyone on Facebook, the media, the Government, the nation and the world it self well be watching this part of the walk to see if I can do it or give up and go back to Perth. All eyes well be watching this part of the walk. If I make it or pass it. It well explode all over social media everyone well be talking about it.

I know in my heart I can do this and I well never give up or give in because I choose to believe in my self that I can do this part. The support and the love I get from family, my people, my Friends, the followers, the country and the world it self well give me the strength to push through this part of the walk and to get justice for my people and for this country.

But I think to my self what do people say about me or talk to other about me when I do this part. I know I well go down in the history book, come Australia icon and my people well tell story about me when I’m gone from this earth. But well it change this country to change it way. All I want is for my culture to live on for other 60,000 years or more and think to get better for my people.

But most of all to seen this country come together and seen a Aboriginal leader running this country. But also start working on building a better country and a better world for all life who live on it that share this world with us. But in the end I choose to believe and I well never stop until I see this dream happen when I’m alive.


14691033_708464252637380_8496113878264504708_nWe have done some much scene and acting with NITV. It was like we was making a movie and I feel that tired I just wanted to go to bed or go to the pub for a beer. But it good NITV are following us and filming the walk. I think they going to made a documentary or mite turn it in to a movie after the walk is finish. Also I just wanted to thank NITV for giving us a satellite phone to help us keep in connected with family and friend because now we a entering the hardest part of the walk that could lead to death or not. But we are ready and cannot wait to start the walk from Laverton on to Warburton.



6.30pm

14721759_708432549307217_8332449462098399695_nJust sitting down on the side of the road watching the sun set and thinking about a lot of issues that we hear from elders and community leader we pass. Those who like to meet us in Laverton we be there in two days from now.

 

Day 39: Windidda Station

7am

14717044_706806696136469_3584360427410263428_nI just wanted to thank uncle Victor Ashwin for showing us guys around for the last two day’s and explaining about the land, the law and what happen here in the past to your old people when the white man came here and start to destroy everything. Also I just wanted to thank you for taking us out to see community to find out want being happen in this country area. The story we hear, the pain they are going through and the anger they have at the government for not helping them. It should not be like this for the desert people. It get me that angry how the government promises our people think like they say and than don’t do nothing. The community and the station we went to are on the list to be closed, Kutkabueba community and Windidda station, from the forced closure of community.

This how the government work when a community or a station need help with thing. The government come out to see them and see want they can do and say yes we help we can do this or that to help you. But when they gone we wait and the government don’t do nothing to help our people because the government don’t care or have no respect for our cultures. All this government want from our people is our land to mine it and destroy it because the greed of needing money and land. But don’t care for the people who live and look after the land for 60,000 years.

Thank you uncle Victor Ashwin showing us around. Now we now know what the desert people need to help them for they community and at they station. We well not stop with this walk. Until our people in community or station start getting help from the government or this government can piss off out of this country. Now on our way back to Leonora today.

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“The old meat safe at Wandidda.” – Garry

11.00am

14666099_1790703691185699_3135544393547751304_n“Getting ready to pack up, have some food and look at some more country.” – Noonie


11.30am

14721652_1790714451184623_7385975635476606289_n“About twelve ks from the community, this is were the water will come from to supply the houses, this is good drinking water, we fill our water containers from here. There was a small flock of bird’s hanging around waiting for up to go, I could not get a film of them drinking, a working dog would get to close and away they went. Victor Ashwin show us around Windidda, spoke on how hard they have keep up the work on Windidda, with little help from the government and not looking like getting much in the future. I wish Victor Ashwin and the members of this community and others community all the best of luck in this struggle for their homes on country.” – Noonie


8.30pm

“Having a feed of fresh beef ribs at Windidda” – Garry

 

Day 35: (Rest Day) Leonora

12.30pm

14701001_1871563389733515_2110598595674445316_oOne of the things we love about Clintons Walk for Justice, is that its a community supported effort, we just couldn’t do it without you.

This amazing woman collected some donated trainers and hand delivered them to Clinton 🙂

Thanks Keesha for driving and delivering and thanks to Portia for donating some shoes.

– Admin Lisa 🙂


1.30pm

14681668_704015289748943_5486237069383031871_nWe just at Jill Adams Ashwin house resting up in Leonora town and getting think ready for our run to Wiluna tomorrow to kill more time before the crowd funding money to come through. Also to see the elders and local in Wiluna before coming back to Leonora on Sunday afternoon to start the walk to Laverton town on Tuesday morning. I just wanted to thank Jill Adams Ashwin for letting us rest at her place.


2pm

Looking good and healthy. It must be because of the walking making me more health and I look different that 1 month ago.


3pm

14364754_1199413616781845_5567417311141135005_nEveryone need to know with out Garry Ashwin, Jum Ashwin and Noonie Raymond. I would be still on the island or only made it half way. Without this three amazing and good man I wouldn’t made it to Leonora town. This walk is not about me and it not a one man army. This walk is a team effort and we are going to finish this walk as a team. This three amazing man are not just my friend’s, but now have become family to me. They well Always have my respect and are welcome to come over my place for a cup a tea or a coffee anytime after this walk is finish and a place to stay.


4pm

I was born as a warrior and I’m going to die as a warrior. The march I lead on Australia day this year in Perth and we march for change to bring the Australia people together. Aboriginal people and non Aboriginal was marching together for change on Australia day.

(Pics) Gallery Post

Please enjoy this series of photos taken that we’ve been hoarding. If you have photos of Clinton that you’d like to share, please post them to the Facebook Group! We love seeing your pictures! 

Photo credit to: Laura, Lime HoneyGeorgiaChristieSamanthaPaige, Noonie & Garry.

Please check with us if you’d like to use photographs for media purposes.

Day 33: Leonora

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12pm

crowdfund-finalHey all quick update. We are now in Leonora town and going to rest for the next three days. We have raise a far bit from the crowfunding page. Thank you to all for donating and helping by knowing that I need to finish this walk for justice off.


14606348_1127447210679715_603161354655576449_n“Roadside frog before Menzies been there for years” – Garry


1pm

When we got to Leonora town just outside from the town. The police drop off all the kids where we were to walk with us into town. Thank you to the Leonora police for doing that for the kids.


2.30pm

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3pm

Hey guys quick update. Just letting you all know that those who have pledged to donated you well get an email from the crow funding page to let you know that the money well be with draw from your account. Also if you have no money and you pledged it well give you a options to pay your donations to my account other than that I like to that all of you who have pledge to donated to my walk for justice page so that you guys.