On Tuesday 6 August 2019 hundreds of supporters, including former cricketer Adam Gilchrist and high-profile assisted dying advocate, Andrew Denton, joined Belinda Teh for the final 1 km walk from Kings Park in Perth to Western Australia’s Parliament House. There she was greeted by even more supporters, the WA Premier Mark McGowan, their Health Minister, Roger Cook, other members of the parliament as well as a media frenzy.
Belinda Teh is the young Perth woman who decided to walk from the steps of the Victorian Parliament to the steps of the WA Parliament to encourage WA politicians to vote for the voluntary assisted dying law. Belinda undertook the brave 4,500 km walk in honour of her mother, Mareia, who died from breast cancer three years ago.
Visiting towns along the way, Belinda soon discovered that her mum’s story was not uncommon.
“When this happened to me and my mum, I felt really alone and isolated and that I could not talk to anyone. I was 23 years of age at the time,” she said. “The more I have walked and talked to people, I have found it so shocking how prevalent it is, and it shouldn’t be.”
“I want Western Australia to introduce a voluntary assisted dying law so that no other Western Australian with a terminal illness has to die the way my mum did.”
Belinda’s Brave Walk lasted 71 days and she touched the hearts of many, inspiring young and old along the way.