University of New England student, Sarah McFarlane-Eagle, who has trekked thousands of kilometres across four continents to raise awareness and funds for mental illness, has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Tamworth White Pages® and Yellow Pages® .
Sarah has been selected for the cover under the 2013/14 theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy, which recognises the selfless Australians who go above and beyond to improve the quality of life for locals in their area.
In 2001, after her brother Ben died following a battle with schizophrenia, Sarah established Walking Feat Inc, to raise awareness about mental health and to honour plans her and Ben had made to go on a trek together. Beginning with a 600 kilometre walk along the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, Sarah has since embarked on a number of epic walks across France, Spain and Japan.
In total, Sarah’s walks have raised $20,000 for SANE Australia. On the way, Sarah has also hosted numerous information sessions to increase regional Australia’s awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Most recently, Sarah embarked on her fourth Walking Feat Inc trek, a three-month walk from Armidale to Melbourne, arriving at her destination on World Suicide Prevention Day in 2012.
“I feel so lucky and honoured to be selected by Sensis for the cover of the Tamworth phone book. It is such a great opportunity to really spread the word and increase awareness and understanding of mental illness,” Sarah said.
Each year, Sensis®, the publisher of the White Pages® and Yellow Pages®, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover of its books.
White Pages® Product Manager Sarah Simpson said this year’s theme, Keeping Our Communities Healthy, celebrates people committed to improving the health of Australian communities.
“Health is an issue that affects us all and at the centre of good health are the selfless men and women who devote their time to improving others’ quality of life,” she said.
“We are delighted to recognise Sarah’s efforts keeping her community healthy. She is someone who is making a positive impact on health and wellbeing in the Tamworth region.”