Pemberton, Western Australia
A 90-year-old Adventist man from Echuca (Vic) commenced the final leg of his record-breaking walk around Australia on January 26.
It’s going to be long, hard and hot but I’m up for it and excited about finishing this journey.
Peter Tripovich has so far covered the 850 kilometres between Pemberton (WA) and Norseman as well as reaching another important milestone, his 90th birthday.
“I’m feeling good—all clear from the doctors. I’m very confident and excited about this upcoming walk,” said Mr Tripovich before setting off. Since then he has been averaging 30 kilometres per day with only an odd blister to show for his trouble.
This is something Mr Tripovich started when he was 79 years old, walking 13,000 kilometres from Melbourne to Brisbane and the Top End, then down to Perth. Often the temperature would hit 50°C but even then he managed to knock off 76 kilometres in a day.
Mr Tripovich unfortunately had to cut his walk short at Pemberton (WA) to return home to Victoria to spend time with his wife who was ill. Now, 10 years on and itching to get walking, he’s on the road again. Mr Tripovich is following the Western Australian coast to Esperance, then it’s onto Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Portland and back to the Melbourne city centre where he started this epic fundraising adventure a decade ago. This last leg will cover more than 3500 kilometres. His supporters are currently in discussions with Guinness World Records’ authorities about recognising him as the oldest man to walk around Australia. “It’s going to be long, hard and hot but I’m up for it and excited about finishing this journey,” he said.
Mr Tripovich is walking to raise awareness and money for disadvantaged children; to rescue them from being trafficked and enslaved. He identifies with the needs of children assisted by International Children’s Care’s (ICC) Angel Rescue Fund, since he grew up with a few setbacks himself after his parents both died when he was 10 years old. His fundraising aim is $A200,000. “Every dollar is going towards the kids,” he said, “that’s why I’m doing this walk.”
For more information about Peter Tripovich’s walk visit <ICCaustralia.org.au>.