The Bourke Intermediate High School held a walk-a-thon. In those years the primary school, although quite separate, was officially, a department of the school.
On a blazing hot, sunny day, there was a walk, 15 mile out of town and back.
I wore a t-shirt which exposed most of my shoulders. Together with this boy, Tim, and a nurse and another man, I walked 15 miles out and 10 miles back.
Then it was 5 p.m.. and time for this ‘madness’ to end. (5 more miles in one hour did not seem achievable for me. The nurse had left us as our pace was too slow.)
The rest of that summer I had the shape of that t-shirt burnt into my shoulders and I was given the Principal’s Award, at the Monday Assembly, (Those which we usually give to the pupils.) for my effort.
(Tim was The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.)
This was the t-shirt, worn on the walk and while chopping wood to have a shower.