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Epic camel train stops in Gympie amid 2000km journey

WHITE is not only the colour of Bogan, the albino camel, it is also the colour of the smiles and grins he brought to one Gympie aged care facility in a surprise visit.

Already a frequent visitor to pubs and schools, Bogan and his human family took time out of an epic camel trek across Queensland to indulge in some meeting and greeting yesterday.

The journey started at Boulia earlier this year after expedition leader Ashley Huskisson had the idea of using a long and unique journey to reset his own life and help raise awareness about causes close to the lives of his travelling comrades - depression, domestic violence and breast cancer.

The gratefully acknowledged support they have received along the way has prompted them to specifically target suicide prevention in rural communities.

His daughter, Amy Huskisson, and her daughter Kiara are on the journey, too.

Amy says their trip is probably Australia's first ever "camel-led awareness adventure".

"The main aim of the trip is to raise awareness for suicide prevention amongst rural communities, where it is a commonly unspoken issue that affects thousands of people," she said.

Their 2000km walk to the Sunshine Coast is quickly approaching its last stages, with the group located this morning near the Dickabram Bridge, crossing the Mary River near Miva and Theebine.

Mr Huskisson plans to run camel rides when he reaches the coast. And he said the issues the group is promoting affect everyone in one way or another.

"We've been giving away Beyond Blue wristbands and visiting schools along the way, letting the kids have a ride," he said.

"They love it.

"I caught the camels, the whole herd and we've got some albinos among them. We've had a couple born along the way.

"I renovated a house for a bloke on a property and he knew I was keen on camels.

"Then one day, there they were, right near his cattle yards. He rang up and had a helicopter, a quad bike and a four-wheel-drive and within three hours they got them into the yards.

"They're the most beautiful animals I've ever had anything to do with."

Topics:  beyond blue camel desert desert to ocean camel walk dickabram bridge domestic violence gympie gympie region gympie rural humans of gympie huskisson miva suicide prevention theebine woolooga

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