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Gutwein completes 350km walk, passes $50k fundraising goal for migrant communities

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Former Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has completed a 350km walk from Burnie to Glenorchy, exceeding his fundraising target of $50,000 by more than $10,000.

The Walk Step up Together initiative aimed to raise awareness and funds for the state’s migrant and refugee communities, promoting diversity and inclusivity.


Gutwein took around half a million steps over eight days, covering an average of around 50km per day.

“At times it was extremely challenging, but the people I’ve met and the stories we’ve heard along the way have been so uplifting and kept me going,” he said.

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“Tasmanians are incredible supportive people and it’s initiatives like this one where you see the best of people.”

The former Premier thanked those who joined him along the way, those who stopped to donate and the businesses involved in supporting the initiative.

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Funds raised will be used by MRC Tas for more support and services for Tasmania’s migrant and refugee communities, including cultural awareness training.

“There is no doubt in my mind we are better together and to see the support from all political persuasions and Tasmanians from different cultures and backgrounds, well, that’s exactly what inclusivity and respect is all about,” Gutwein said.


“It’s been a long week on the open road but I really am looking forward to going home today and maybe even having a little sleep in tomorrow.”

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