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Steps taken for mental health charities

Small steps can big differences when added together - that's the view behind a local event that aims to raise awareness of mental health issues while generating funds for a number of Australian charities.

Walking Feat is an initiative that sees organiser Sarah McFarlane-Eagle undertake a long and difficult trek across a range of challenging terrain.

McFarlane-Eagle has previously tackled a 600 kilometre journey across Western Australia in 2001 and a 1,750 kilometre pilgrimage across France and Spain in 2005.

The latest trek will take place in April 2012 and will see her take on 2,400 kilometres on foot in Japan - supported along the way by corporate sponsors, generous expats and fellow travellers.

As part of her fundraising activities, McFarlane-Eagle will be attending a charity event at the University of New England on November 5.

Speaking on the upcoming presentation, McFarlane-Eagle said: "We hope it will be an informative and inspiring night.

"The main objective for Walking Feat in holding this event is to bring the community together for this very important issue that affects 45 per cent of all adults."

The keynote speaker - Australian of the Year 2010 Professor Patrick McGorry - will be delivering a presentation on the importance of early intervention and treatment in a number of mental health issues.

Details for the event are available through Walking Feat's website - with dedicated links to a Facebook page and Twitter channel to help spread the word online.