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Pete's awareness mission

TEENAGER Pete Buschmann is taking his campaign raising awareness of mental health to local streets and roads.

The Year 12 Wedderburn College student yesterday morning stepped off from 24 Karat cafe walking 30km to arrive at Inglewood’s Empire State Hotel later in the day.

For weeks, Pete has been pounding the streets of Wedderburn in all weather in preparation for the walk. He has averaged more than 5km each day training for the trek down the Calder Highway.

And cheering him on are mother Bec, school friends and residents in the two towns. A target of raising $750 for Beyond Blue had already been surpassed last week as supporters rally behind an event raffle with prizes donated by local businesses and other initiatives.

“I have mental health issues as do a lot of others and I want to help people who face anxiety, depression and homelessness,” said Pete, whose career ambition is to become a social worker.

It’s not the first time Pete has raised awareness of challenges faced by other people. Six years ago, he raised money for the Cancer Council and the Homeless Foundation.

He’s thrilled to have already reached the fundraising goal but the walk is perhaps more important, raising awareness among local communities.

And mum Bec says she is proud of her son’s achievements. “The walk is helping in his personal growth, independence and motivation.”

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