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Meekatharra walks together

The Meekatharra community united on Sunday for a cause that’s close to their heart.

Around 130 people came together for the second annual “Meeka Walk for Suicide Awareness”, in an event that was once again coordinated by Youth Focus and the Shire of Meekatharra, under the guidance of Paulette Anderson, Team Leader of Youth Focus in Meekatharra.

Last year, around 100 people joined the walk, taking 3,139 steps to remember each person who died by suicide in 2020.

“This year, we walked 3,144 steps around Meekatharra to remember each person who died by suicide in 2021. That’s five more steps,” Paulette said.

“This event is such an important opportunity to come together and remember those who have lost their lives to suicide. As always, we’re stronger together.

“There aren’t many families in Meekatharra that haven’t been touched by suicide. We wanted to let people know there is always someone they can talk to.”

Paulette said the atmosphere was emotional yet positive. “It was a peaceful, healing event. It was a reminder that even though you might be feeling alone, you’re not. Just look around – we’re here, we’re together; it’s a beautiful thing.”