Tonka walks the walk for a good talk

Male Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Queen entrant walks 210km for cause


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Tony "Tonka" Toholke wore a wedding dress for his last stretch into Mount Isa. Photo - Derek Barry.

Tony "Tonka" Toholke wore a wedding dress for his last stretch into Mount Isa. Photo - Derek Barry.

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Five days after starting out on a massive walk from the Northern Territory border, Tony "Tonka" Toholke arrived in Mount Isa last Friday in time for day one of the Mount Isa Show.

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Five days after starting out on a massive walk from the Northern Territory border, Tony "Tonka" Toholke arrived in Mount Isa last Friday in time for day one of the Mount Isa Show.

Tonka is hoping to be only the second man to win the Mount Isa Mines Rodeo Queen Quest and he is raising funds for a cause very close to his heart, This is a Conversation Starter Foundation, which aims to facilitate conversations around mental health.

Tonka set off on a 210km jaunt from the border with only the town of Camooweal to break the scenery.

"This is a good old fashioned walkathon," he said. "I thought it would be a good way to challenge myself mentally and physically and raise funds for my charity."

Tonka walked about about eight hours a day, averaging 40km a day.

On the last day he donned, of course, a wedding dress.

"It's freezing out here but I'm nearly there," Tonka said.

Tonka walked about about eight hours a day, averaging 40km a day.

He was wearing a wedding dress on a cold Friday morning for his last stretch.

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