Standing Tall to walk from Warrnambool to Geelong

Walking Tall: Standing Tall ambassador Denis Napthine, program coordinator Matthew Stewart, mentor Matthew Monk and sponsor and SWTAFE CEO Mark Fidge are getting ready next month's 200km walk. Picture: Morgan Hancock.

Walking Tall: Standing Tall ambassador Denis Napthine, program coordinator Matthew Stewart, mentor Matthew Monk and sponsor and SWTAFE CEO Mark Fidge are getting ready next month's 200km walk. Picture: Morgan Hancock.

A team of south-west mentors are taking their message on the road next month.

Members of Warrnambool’s Standing Tall are walking from Warrnambool to Geelong to raise money and awareness for the program.

Organisers of the 200km walk dubbed “Walking Tall” are hoping to add more mentors to their stable. The program is designed to mentor students at risk of disengaging from school.

Program coordinator Matthew Stewart said he was enthusiastic about the June 5–9 challenge.

“It’s about getting out of our comfort zones and taking a walk in their shoes,” he said. “Some kids do it hard and just need a role model to look up to in their life.”

Former Premier Denis Napthine will be among those taking part in the walk.