Radio Host Matty Acton Walks from Bowen Hills to Ipswich, Raises $50k

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Matty Acton, a familiar voice on Brisbane radio, has walked 50 kilometres from Bowen Hills to Ipswich to raise more than $50,000 for a cause he passionately cares about.

From the B105 studio complex on Campbell Street, Matty reached the Raceview Hotel in Ipswich all whilst wearing a 10kg weighted vest, symbolising carrying the weight of mental health. 

Along the way, Matty was uplifted by heaps of people who tooted their car horns, walked with him, or stopped him to express their support. Raceview Hotel also donated $2,000, as well as its loyal patrons.

Early this year, the B105 breakfast show host spoke to an ambassador of the Top Blokes Foundation who encouraged him to get involved with the charity. 

“Top Blokes shines a light on mental health and suicide prevention, and they run workshops in schools to help develop great men for the future,” the radio host said. 

“It’s a difficult time for young men who are trying to find their place in the world. The wrong influences can send them on the wrong path. They are helping grow boys into great men, not fix broken men in the future.

He also spoke about this on his radio show weeks before the day he walked for a cause: 

In total, Matty Acton was able to successfully rake in $50,885 for doing this journey.

“It also struck a chord with me when asked, as I lost a cousin to suicide last year. When someone loses their life that way it leaves so many questions and I saw this as an opportunity to honour him and help other young men. 

“Being a father of 2 boys, a Foundation like Top Blokes is something I would want for them if they needed it.”

Matty Acton
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