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Patrick Passfield has just completed a virtual walk from Brisbane to Cairns. Photo: Ashleigh Howarth / The Satellite
Patrick Passfield has just completed a virtual walk from Brisbane to Cairns. Photo: Ashleigh Howarth / The Satellite Ashleigh Howarth

IN LESS than one year, Patrick Passfield has gone from being confined to a wheelchair to walking the equivalent distance from Brisbane to Cairns.

He made that one of his goals after having to learn to walk again independently after he underwent brain surgery.

Determined to reach his goal, Mr Passfield, also known as Positive Pat, began walking unaided by himself each day around the Wesley Mission Brisbane, where he lives, and to the nearby shops.

Everywhere he went, he logged his daily kilometres.

Finally, after six months, Mr Passfield reached his goal and took the final steps on his virtual journey, crossing the finish line on his 73rd birthday last Wednesday.

There to meet him were staff, family and friends, who had all rallied behind him throughout his journey.

Mr Passfield said he was amazed at how far he had come in a short period of time.

"When I arrived here at Jacob's Court in July, 2012, I was in a wheelchair," he said.

I didn't want to be in this wheelchair for the rest of my life, so I started doing hydrotherapy, which helped me learn to walk again unaided.

"That's when I started to do my virtual journey.

"When I logged my kilometres I ticked it off against a map town by town, city by city.

"But to know that I have finally reached Cairns is an amazing feeling."

But it doesn't end there for Mr Passfield, who has already begun making his way back to Brisbane on his next virtual journey.

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