Locals join to walk a mile together
THEY swapped shoes, they swapped smiles and they walked a mile at the Whitsunday Sportspark.
Almost 300 participants took part in 'A Mile in Their Shoes Day' on Saturday afternoon to raise awareness about suicide and show support for people living with depression.
Participants did several laps of the AFL field in a show of unity and placed ribbons along the goal posts in memory of loved ones who had taken their own lives.
A similar event was held at the Kelsey Cricket Grounds in Proserpine.
Whitsunday Bald Eagles president and event organiser Jack Lumby said the support at both events was fantastic.
"We're really humbled by the outpouring of support," Mr Lumby said.
"This action goes right to the heart of the community."
Mr Lumby said it was an emotional but "sharing day".
"It was a real community effort," he said. "It was gorgeous. The highlight for me was seeing Whitsunday Police officers Steve Connell and Brad Teys doing a lap. They joined in in full uniform and then everyone got in on it.
"It shows the great support of the community for the Queensland Police who at times of suicide get the short end of the stick."
He said proceeds from the two events were still being counted but were "a couple of thousand dollars".
"We're going to use the money to support local agencies in the fight against depression and suicide," Mr Lumby said.
"We'll be sitting down with a few of them after Christmas to discuss this.
"This event and members of this event are raising money - we are not counsellors.
"We can't solve the problem but we can raise money to help solve it."
About 500 people attended the two walks in Proserpine and Airlie Beach over the weekend.
For more information about the event go to campaign's Facebook page A Mile in Their Shoes.