Scott founded Scott's Great Walk for Telethon in 2010 when he was 4 years old. After learning about fundraising at 4 year old Kindy he started thinking about who he could help. He decided he wanted to help sick kids and babies by raising money for them doing the hardest thing he could think of - walking the 25km from his farm to the Southern Cross Oval. 

 

To begin with Scott's mum and dad said no, it was too far and he was too little. However after asking every morning for two weeks "can I please walk to town today?" they decided to let him have a go. 

 

Scott walked the 25km in 8 hours and 40 minutes and from that moment on he knew he wanted to keep walking and keep helping. 

Scott walked 25km again at 5 and 6, 41km when he was 7 and then full 42.195km Marathons when he was 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

In 2016 Scott's younger brother Damien (7) also decided he wanted to try and walk the whole Marathon. Damien found it very difficult but Scott slowed down and gave up on beating his time from the year before so Damien had a chance at finishing. They were proud to cross the finish line together in 12 hours and 30 minutes. Damien says he has retired from Marathon walking until he's at least 21 and now he rides his bike out the front setting the pace on Scott's Marathon Day!

In 2016 Scott completed his first International Walk. Scott and his family hiked 82km along the Berg Lake Trail in the Canadian Rockies over 5 nights and 6 days. It was by far the hardest physical he has ever done but the most beautiful too!! 

In 2017 Scott took on a new 50km Treadmill Challenge on the Telethon Weekend. He completed the 50km in just under 10 hours on the Saturday and then followed it up with a half marathon on the Sunday. In 2018 Scott took on his Treadmill Challenge again, completing 50km on the Saturday and 25km on the Sunday of the Telethon Weekend. 

Scott has written and illustrated a book called "Did You Know You Can Change The World?' which was published in 2016 thanks to the generosity of a lovely couple. They paid for 2,000 copies to be printed so the money from book sales can go towards Scott's Telethon Total. The book is about helping others and Scott's walking journey. Earlier this year Scott ran 6 free workshops for 75 kids thanks to a grant from The Seedling Fund Alkimos Beach. They worked through Scott's book and then created their own piece of artwork on how they could change the world. The artwork has been displayed as an exhibition. 

Scott has been public speaking about his journey since 2015 and inspires children and adults alike with his passion, determination the difference he has been able to make from such a young age. Scott was very excited to be flown to Brisbane and Sydney in 2018 to speak at events. 

On the 26th of May 2018 Scott was honoured to be announced the winner of the WA Young Achiever Health and Wellbeing Award and on the 12th of October 2018 when he was announced the winner of the WA Youth Awards Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award.

Since 2010 Scott has walked over 600km and raised over $165,000 for Telethon. We thank the generous community around us for getting behind Scott and supporting his efforts, without you Scott could not have made as big of a difference as he has.

This year (2019) was the 10th time Scott walked down the Koolyanobbing Road (6th Marathon) to raise money for Telethon. He will also complete his 3rd 50km Treadmill in October over the Telethon Weekend. Scott is also hoping to launch his podcast 'Scott's Great Chat' in the second half of 2019.

You can listen to Scott talking to Andrew Denton on his show "Interview" here

" It's easy to make a difference, what can you do?"

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