News

Crystal clear why she had to pedal a rickshaw for 1700km

Crystal Davis is peddling her rickshaw to Hervey Bay on Saturday to end a 1700km world-record-breaking trip from Port Douglas to raise awareness for suicide prevention.
Crystal Davis is peddling her rickshaw to Hervey Bay on Saturday to end a 1700km world-record-breaking trip from Port Douglas to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Contributed

CRYSTAL Davis has broken a world record, but she says her biggest accomplishment on her unique journey is suicide prevention awareness.

For the last two months Crystal has been peddling on her rickshaw down the Bruce Hwy from Port Douglas to the final destination, Hervey Bay.

Today Crystal and her rickshaw will arrive on the Fraser Coast to help spread the message of suicide prevention, one that is desperately needed locally.

Earlier this year APN research revealed there were 106 suicide and self-harm related deaths in the region during 2009 to 2012.

It's statistics like that, that helped Crystal keep peddling 1700km in the last two months, as well as tackling the world record for longest rickshaw travel.

Crystal was inspired to take to the road after an experience with a loved one battling suicidal thoughts. Since then she has been exploring what makes her happy and healthy.

"Happiness is essential to survival," she said.

"Now I think I can achieve whatever I want to."

It's been a lesson Crystal hopes she never forgets.

See Crystal on Saturday at 10am at Eat @ Dan and Steph's, 499 Charlton Esplanade in Hervey Bay.

 

GET HELP

If you or someone you know needs help, contact:

Lifeline on 131 114

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800



LETTER: What is the problem with drivers in Hervey Bay?

Why are drivers here so rude?

One reader wonders why drivers are so rude.

Ever tried calisthenics? Now's your chance

Fraser Coast Calisthenics Club is holding a mini tombola and dance display at Maryborough Town Hall on Sunday 20 July.
Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start.

"The community doesn't realise the discipline that goes into it."

Police reveal grim reality of job: coming home never a given

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: Queensland police officers and staff members march from the service.

The service honoured officers who have died and those who serve.

Local Partners

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual