Positive Pat - Walking for Wellness
He’s been called ‘Positive Pat, ‘A modern-Day Forrest Gump’ and a ‘doctor’s delight,’ but whatever his nicknames, Patrick Passfield is a man on a mission.
For the past three years, 75-year-old Pat has been pounding the pavements, corridors and pathways - in fact, anywhere he can - to clock up kilometres on his ‘virtual’ journeys, getting fit and raising funds.
Pat arrived at Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Jacobs Court aged care community in June 2012 in a wheelchair, having just been through brain surgery. He made it his mission to be up and walking by Christmas.
He did that and more! Since then he has done ‘virtual walks’ all across Australia, clocking up a staggering 17,220kms in three years. Right now, Pat is simulating a virtual walk from Darwin to Perth, having already walked the length of the East Coast of Australia more than once.
Pat is raising money for vital equipment for senior residents at Sinnamon Village Aged Care Community - wheelchairs, exercise machines, walkers... If it's needed, Pat wants to help his fellow residents get it!
Sinnamon Village is a thriving community hub comprising five aged care communities, supported accommodation apartments for young adults living with a disability, a day therapy centre and hydrotherapy pool.
For Patrick, the journey started as a way to raise money and get fit, but has morphed into so much more.
He has lost 30+ kilograms and cured himself of the effects of diabetes; but most significantly, he inspired all those around him along the way.
Please get behind Pat and give generously!
Wesley Mission Queensland
Wesley Mission Queensland has been caring for the Queensland community for more than 100 years. We provide a range of vital community services and programs, supporting youth and families, seniors, people living with a disability and people experiencing unemployment, disadvantage, homelessness and isolation.
As the first provider of aged care in Queensland we have been honoured to share in the lives of seniors for generations through residential aged care, in-home care, respite care and premier independent retirement living options. We are known and respected by government, industry partners and the community for our ability to provide and initiate services and programs in response to the ever changing needs within our community.
In all that we do, we strive to empower those we work with through our compassion, our commitment to justice and our desire to create an inclusive society for all. By working together we can realise this vision.