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18 January, 2023

Hike to Heal Scavenger Hike returns

Returning to Mount Peel Bushland Park in 2023 will be Hike to Heal, an interactive hiking adventure suitable for all levels of fitness and hiking experience.

A spectacular view from Mount Peel looking towards Glenvale Quarry.

Hikers have fun following clues at the Mt Peel Bushland Park or a park of their choosing to find natural treasures and solve riddles as they walk along the trail.  It is held over a week to enable people the maximum opportunity to participate. 

The aim of the Scavenger Hike is to inspire the community to strengthen wellbeing while walking beside people dealing with mental ill health and suicide loss towards hope, healing and connection. 

Debbie Kendall and her family from the Gold Coast participated in the Scavenger Hike in 2022. 

She said her family does not usually go hiking, preferring water sports. 

“But we are so glad we took part in the event.  It gave us an opportunity to de-stress and talk as we walked along the trail.  

“The quizzes and clues were fun too and added some laughter to the experience,” she said.

“I am so proud of myself and my family for taking the challenge, connecting, and supporting each other and hopefully saving lives.” 

Every year the Hike to Heal Australia team adds a new element to the event.  

Last year it was the addition of a Tribute Tree where participants could dedicate their hike and leave a message of hope and healing on leaf shaped tags.  

Linda Barton, the organiser of the event, says this year it’s a fun themed Instagram photo booth that will be located at the start of the trail.  

Participants will be encouraged to post their pictures using the #hiketoheal23 and share their hiking adventure with their friends. 

The event is in its third year now and organisers say it is going to be bigger and better than ever in 2023 thanks to the continuing support from Toowoomba Regional Council and many sponsors.

In addition, funds raised from this year’s hike will support the contemporary mental health and wellbeing programs delivered by Momentum Mental Health Service. 

Those wishing to secure a spot early can do so by purchasing an early bird ticket, available now.

Purchase your tickets before the 31st January and go into the draw to win a $200 voucher at Toowoomba Toyota Service Centre. 

For tickets, visit here.

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