Broken Hill’s famous walking doctor Peter Hill is setting off on another fundraising journey, this time trekking 331 kilometres to Tibooburra to raise money for Broken Hill War Museum Inc (BHWM).
The BHWM’s main mission is to keep Broken Hill history in Broken Hill, and a chance meeting at Charlottes cafe on Argent St saw Dr Hill and BHWM president Bill Keenan link up for the doctor’s latest fundraising stroll.
Beginning his quest on July 19 at the RSL, Dr Hill will make a brief stop at the hospital for some check-ups before the sauntering scientist heads out on the six-day fund raising adventure to Tibooburra.
“I was having my iced coffee, and this woman popped in to ask a question about her dad and we got to talking. I said, how would you like me to have a go at raising a little bit of money. You do the talking and I’ll do the walking,” Dr Hill told the Truth.
“We have a lot of history, dating all the way back to the Boer War, and we think it is important that it stays in Broken Hill,” Mr Keenan added.
“The community is so passionate about keeping our history here, it has been such a hot topic whenever I bring it up with people,” Dr Hill added.
Dr Hill served as an Amy reserve officer for periods during the 1980s and ‘90s so this is a cause very close to his heart.
“I spent about 15 years in the Army Reserve. I was trained by officers and sergeants from the Vietnam War. And when I had my strokes, the neurologist told me to volunteer, so I joined the RSL to help. It’s a very natural connection for me,” Dr Hill says.
“I’ll have the trusty old Milo tin for cash donations, but I would love for the Broken Hill public to weigh in with their suggestions about how to best fundraise online,” Mr Hill said.
To become a member of the Broken Hill War Museum Inc. or if you have a suggestion on how they can best fundraise online for Dr Hill’s walk, contact the RSL’s Des Kennedy on 0412 458 054 or drop into the RSL at 399 Argent St, on a Tuesday.