Meet the first of our April Autism Superstars: on Mitch's Autie Walk

Hi my name is Mitchell Bourke and I am 12 years old, I have Autism, Schizotypal Disorders, Every 
form of Dyslexia, Separation Anxiety Disorder. It has not always been easy for me in fact I tried to 
commit suicide a few years ago, I'm so glad now that it didn’t happen.

I am the one who started Mitch’s Autie Walk, it started because a friend of the family told my mum 
that funding had fallen through so I came up with the idea to walk from one side of town to the other approx. 20 kms, to raise the money myself, my goal was $25,000. It started really fast and I had to tell my story to lots of people over and over again it was really hard to do this, we were getting some cheques off some important people and some of the businesses that I contacted were donating items for an online auction, it was awesome.

Part of the preparations: Asking people for sponsorship.

The night before I was excited, nervous and worried as I didn’t know if I could finish and would let people down. Mum said to me it didn’t matter whether I took one step or not as I had done more than anyone has imagined and that everyone was already so proud of me. I had trouble sleeping and mum woke me at 6am so I could have breakfast but I was way too nervous.

We arrived at the start to see my big sister already there, she is a fish, this is my word for amazing, awesome, great, and beautiful and so on, which made me feel so much better.

Then other people started to arrive, it made me really nervous but my sister and her best friend Ash made me feel better. So next we were on our way and I can remember mum laughing and saying we were walking too fast. We had people that tooted and waved along the way, we had a group of cyclist that had collected and all stopped to give me the money and they all clapped it was so so good. We arrived at the lake and we were having a rest stop and a man just walked up and said hey mate you are doing a good job and gave me $50 he had driven so far to do this I couldn’t believe it.

Along the way we met some really lovely people we got the other side too fast and had to stop and have a rest and play, they had to slow me down as we would have arrived at the end before the time that we said. We left there and got to Kangaroo Flat where I had to have some fries lol and then started heading to the finish line, I had an anxiety attack about 2 kms out as I knew that there were lots of people at the end, I got myself so worked up that I couldn’t breathe properly, mum helped me through this as she always does, we got to the end and I felt warm and fuzzy inside, I was so pleased to see everyone, I had done it.

Exhausted at the end of the walk, with big sister.


Chloe Campbell said…
Well done Mitch, you should be so proud of yourself xx
Anonymous said…
Mitch, and you were worried about writing this, once again you have excelled, keep believing in yourself, you are THE fish!
Beck said…
I'm so proud of you Mitchell. Just so people know, Mitchell hit his goal in fact he exceeded it. This young man raised over $26,000 dollars in 24 days. The Bendigo Resouce Centre is now a reality. Thank you to an extraordinary young man. Love my fish xxoo
Liane said…
What an amazing young man! Well done Mitch
jazzygal said…
How wonderful! Well done Mitch! I think you are a bit of a fish too.... and inspirational :-) xx
Michelle Boyce said…
I've never met you before, but im so proud of you. And reading this has sent tears down my cheeks.
You are a FISH for sure.
Sarah said…
Mitch, thanks to you my children will have a place where they can feel comfortable to be themselves. A place to belong. Your determination and courage amazes me. You have forced me to look at myself and step up. Thank you Mitch. Xxx Sarah
Fantastic, an inspiration x
Dianne said…
Mitch I think you are an amazing young man, your family support is amazing and I am so glad the Autism Resource Centre will happen are an inspiration to people young and old... just keep up your wonderful ideas for creating funds.... good on you...I couldnt be there with you but I was with you in glad this is still doing the rounds on public media
Anonymous said…
Wow! Well done Mitch - you're amazing!!

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