Crystal Davis is riding a rickshaw from Port Douglas to the Sunshine Coast to raise funds for suicide prevention. Photo contributed.
Crystal Davis is riding a rickshaw from Port Douglas to the Sunshine Coast to raise funds for suicide prevention. Photo contributed. Photo contributed ROK301115ricks

Rickshaw ride from NQ to Sunny Coast for suicide prevention

RIDING from Port Douglas to the Sunshine Coast, you'd think rest days would be something to look forward to.

But for Crystal Davis, taking a break is the hardest part of the 1700km challenge.

"To relax and to stop and know you need to keep going is (hard)," she said.

"I haven't really reached a point where I want to give up; I definitely know I want to keep going."

Crystal arrived in Rockhampton on Sunday after setting out from Port Douglas on October 17 on her Rainforest by Rickshaw expedition.

The trip is raising over $10,000 for Lifeline, which provides phone counselling services for those experiencing suicidal feelings.

After a period of ill health in 2011, and a coinciding experience with a loved one battling suicidal thoughts, Crystal spent three years exploring what makes her happy and healthy.

"This is something I need to experience for myself, to know I can do it," Crystal said.

"I believe nothing is more important than making happy, healthy choices and seeing what I am capable of in the world.

"I've had so much community support and made so many friends along the way that it really doesn't feel like (I'm doing it by myself).

"It's exhausting obviously and really challenging. It was pretty tough going through the Marlborough stretch and the heatwave has been a bit of a shock.

"It's a really, really beautiful experience and makes life really simple."



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