Tony Mangan ‘Walk Around The World’ #20

There was a cool cat in the 1980s and 1990s who sang of friendship and entertained millions. His name was Garfield. Garfield sang:

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When You Feel Like You're Ready To Flip 
When You Got The World On Your Shoulders 
Friends Are There To Give You A Tip 
Friends Are There When You Need Them 
Their Even There When You Don't 
For A Walk In The Park, For A Shot In The Dark 
Friends Are There. Garfield: "I Don't Care" 
But Friends Will Care For You-u-u-u-u-u-u! 

In this past week Tony Mangan has showed his coolness in spite of all the heat in the past few months in Australia. He has achieved part of what he has set out to do. After nearly 1 year walking Australia he has calmly reached the ocean`s edge where he now peers out over the ocean to another continent. That`s some movement, some walking.

Tony`s completion of Australia comes after months of adventures and meeting of many kind strangers. He has been burned, scorched, slept rough, been offered barns, homes and hotels. He has met poor people, rich people, bar flies, water boys, beautiful women and country guides. Along the way Tony has mixed with many the type of Aussie and got on with the all. No one has complained about his fleeting presence in their communities and many have championed his efforts for raising much needed early Cancer care screening. With minimal expectation and an old cart for company he has wandered and become worn at times. Yet still he has moved to a higher point and soon his fan base will grow as others in Asia begin to find out of his extra-ordinary ambitions and achievements so far.

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Tony has missed many home comforts in these past years travelling the globe but one of them that he became recently reacquainted with was his old friend who came to celebrate with him as he finished his Australian leg of his world walk. It shows how genuine a person Tony is that this kind act of friendship meant so much to him when he could have chosen to have other home comforts instead. Of course he had some Barry`s tea and a Tayto sandwich but this was with his long term mate as a way to celebrate. As Tony hits Asia he will need more human support. He will meet more friends but this time there will be a language barrier and perhaps restrictions to his internet coverage at times. as the old Garfield song said:

Friends Are There When You Need Them 
Their Even There When You Don't 
For A Walk In The Park, For A Shot In The Dark 
Friends Are There. Garfield: "I Don't Care" 
But Friends Will Care For You-u-u-u-u-u-u!
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If you`ve been reading Tony`s travels and been seeing his videos on line count yourself his friend because he will need your support in the coming months of his journey. So, be a needed friend, and support Tony in what is anything but a ‘walk in the park!’

About the Author

Conor Hogan
As a native Galwegian, Conor Hogan teaches and consults across the areas of education, well-being and health while also researching human behaviour for his PhD at NUI Galway. After winning regional and national leadership awards, he blogged and co-authored a book on Mental Health for Millennials. He tells us he will endeavour to enrapture the glint of the Galway Eye 🙂 You can find out more about Conor at https://www.docconor.com