Mr GRIMLEY:I rise today to tell you what Tom Dunn has done. He has travelled 2200 kilometres down the Murray, having never kayaked before. He has run thousands of kilometres, including 200 kilometres in just four days on his last adventure. On this trip, he also had the achievement of wearing one pair of socks the whole time.
So far he has raised over $100 000 for charities, including Aurora, a school for deaf and blind children; the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School; and Deaf Children Australia. He has learned about the importance of a good Spotify playlist when you travel solo for over three months at a time. He has also recently been featured on This Time Next Year, where they covered the not-so-glamorous nature of these trips. He has had the highs, the lows and everything in between as a result of him wanting to help others. And he is just 24!
But this is what Tom Dunn wants to have done: he wants to break a world record—to undertake a triathlon from the western-most point in Australia to the eastern-most point. He wants to break his own personal fundraising goal of $83 000 for this trip, which is self-funded. He will donate this money to Livin, a charity trying to break down the stigma of mental health issues and share their message that ‘It ain’t weak to speak’.
He is a remarkable, inspirational young man, and I wish him all the best for his trip in April next year. Congratulations, Tom Dunn, on all you have done and will continue to do.