Two weeks after setting off on a 2000-kilometre journey from Victoria to the Sunshine Coast, Billy Tindall made it to Dubbo on Friday.
Mr Tindall is doing Ultra Marathon for Daniel, a fundraiser for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation that will culminate with Foundation’s National Day of Action on Child Safety – “Day for Daniel” on October 27.
During his trip, Mr Tindall hopes to raise $100,000 for the foundation, as well as awareness.
After setting off from Warragul on September 23 the 27-year-old has covered between 50 and 70 kilometres a day.
“The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is close to where I live and like a lot of people I grew up following that story and when I became a father I wanted to do my part to contribute to keeping kids safe and that’s ultimately why I decided to go out and do this,” Mr Tindall said.
Damaged ligaments and a sprained ankle have slowed him down in recent days but he is still trying to walk as far as he can every day.
One support vehicle was also written off in a crash with a truck but luckily his support crew were uninjured.
“I managed to make a misstep and sprained my ankle and tore my ligament so I’m still going but unfortunately it has slowed down the pace,” Mr Tindall said.
“I’m not going as fast or doing as many kays as I want but I’m heading in the right direction which is the main thing.”
Dubbo was also a special stop for Mr Tindall because his wife Rebecca and son Ashton also flew down from Queensland to see him.
It was Ashton’s second birthday and the family spent the day at Taronga Western Plains Zoo to celebrate.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen them for a few weeks. It’s a good recharge to see them. I’m looking forward to completing the trip and being back home with them,” Mr Tindall said.
To donate to the cause visit danielmorcombe.com.au/fundraiser/event/ultra-marathon-for-daniel.