The Motivation

Suicide turned Donna Bowman’s life upside down, but she’s determined to do something to make a difference

In March of 2018 Donna’s husband ended his own life.

Like many people who suicide, he left in his wake a tide of anger, emotion, and unanswered questions.

But through the grief of the past eight months Mrs Bowman, 54, has found a steely determination she did not know she had, and a passion to help others who, like her, have been left behind by suicide.

The Journey

Donna estimates her 3000-kilometre walk will take her about nine weeks, walking through towns and cities including Ballan, Ballarat, Colac, Portland, Hamilton, Mildura, Wangaratta, Bairnsdale, Melbourne and then back to Geelong.

As well as the walk, Donna wants to start conversations along the way in Victorian communities, through forums, speeches and informal talks to openly discuss the impact suicide has on the family and friends of those left behind after a suicide.

Join Donna On Her Walk

Follow Donna’s Progress

 

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18/03/2019

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Ballan

19/03/2019

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Ballan

Ballarat

20/03/2019

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Ballarat

Rokewood

21/03/2019

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Rokewood

Colac

22/03/2019

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Colac

Camperdown

23/03/2019

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Camperdown

Warrnambool

24/03/2019

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Rest Day

 

25/03/2019

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Warrnambool

Port Fairy

26/03/2019

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Port Fairy

Portland

27/03/2019

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Portland

Heywood

28/03/2019

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Heywood

Hamilton

29/03/2019

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Hamilton

Bulart

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Bulart

Balmoral

31/03/2019

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Rest Day

 

01/04/2019

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Balmoral

Toolondo

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Toolondo

Horsham

03/04/2019

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Horsham

Warracknabeal

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Hopetoun

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Hopetoun

PatcheWollock

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PatcheWollock

Walpeup

07/04/2019

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Walpeup

Ouyen

09/04/2019

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Ouyen

Hattah

10/04/2019

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Hattah

Mildura

11/04/2019

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Mildura

Monak

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Monak

Robinvale

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Robinvale

Boundary Bend

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Boundary Bend

Wood Wood

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Wood Wood

Swan Hill

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Swan Hill

Kerang

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Boort

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Boort

Inglewood

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Inglewood

Bendigo

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Rest Day

 

22/04/2019

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Bendigo

Elmore

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Elmore

Echuca

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Echuca

Kyabram

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Kyabram

Shepparton

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Benalla

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Benalla

Wangaratta

28/04/2019

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Rest Day

 

29/04/2019

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Wangaratta

Myrtleford

30/04/2019

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Myrtleford

Bright

01/05/2019

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Bright

Mt Beauty

02/05/2019

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Mt Beauty

Falls Creek

03/05/2019

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Falls Creek

Anglers Rest

04/05/2019

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Anglers Rest

Omeo

05/05/2019

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Rest Day

 

06/05/2019

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Omeo

Ensay

07/05/2019

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Ensay

Bruthen

08/05/2019

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Bruthen

Bairnsdale

09/05/2019

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Bairnsdale

Sale

10/05/2019

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Sale

Traralgon

11/05/2019

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Traralgon

Warragul

12/05/2019

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Rest Day

 

13/05/2019

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Warragul

Nar Nar Goon

14/05/2019

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Nar Nar Goon

Mordialloc

15/05/2019

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Mordialloc

Southbank

16/05/2019

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Southbank

Werribee

17/05/2019

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Werribee

Geelong

 

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