The Long Walk is calling on all Australians committed to reconciliation, equality and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take part in a virtual edition of the annual walk ahead of Saturday night's Dreamtime in Darwin match between Essendon and Richmond.
Match day | Dreamtime in Darwin 2020.— The Long Walk (@TheLongWalkOz) August 19, 2020
25 years ago Michael Long took a zero tolerance stance against racism which led to the AFL introducing its Racial Vilification Code.
We thank everyone who has taken part in The “virtual” Long Walk.#thelongwalk #wewalktogether pic.twitter.com/UTDMldZHow
Held annually in Melbourne prior to the Dreamtime game (starting at Federation Square and ending at the MCG), The Long Walk draws thousands of people of all colours and creeds, helping generate debate about issues Long knows are being addressed, but must not be forgotten.
While COVID-19 has taken away the opportunity to walk physically with Long this year, a five-day online event will ensure a rich tradition continues.
Here's how you can take part:
- From August 18 to 22, grab your favourite walking gear or even pull out a guernsey, beanie or scarf of your favourite team or sporting hero.
- Walk in your neighbourhood on your own, with your family, a friend or group (please stay safe and comply with COVID-19 restrictions in your municipality and state).
- Show your solidarity with Long and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by sharing an image/video of your walk on social media using the hashtags #thevirtuallongwalk and #wewalktogether. If you're unable to walk, you can post a message of support and solidarity using the same hashtags.
- To amplify the passion and significance of your social media post, you could: include a message of why you chose to walk virtually with Long or; include the name of an Indigenous sports person that inspires you or a moment of significance where a hero of yours has taken a stand against racism like Long did 25 years ago.
For more information, please contact Leanne Brooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.