Man walking from UK to Australia will swing by Singapore soon

Man walking from UK to Australia will swing by Singapore soon
PETALING JAYA: He has been thrown into a Kyrgyz jail, had machine guns pointed at his face in Afghanistan and has walked through extreme temperatures.

All that might be reason to quit walking from one side of the world to another, but not for Arjun Singh Bhogal.

Arjun Singh Bhogal
Photo: The Star

The Londoner has so far persevered in his quest to walk for charity from Cardiff, Wales, to Cardiff in New South Wales, Australia.

Since starting in April 2012, Arjun, 27, has passed through several European countries, Russia, former Soviet blocs, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar and Thailand before arriving in Malaysia.

His entire journey has been on foot, except a ferry across the English channel to France; or when traversing deserts and snow-covered mountains.

Photo: The Star

The major goal of the walk is to raise money for charities working in water and marine conservation.

"I wanted to do something that can inspire people especially young people," he said when interviewed.

Photo: The Star

There were two of them in the "borderwalk" but his friend Kieran Rae pulled out when he had visa problems in Kyrgyzstan.

He started with a 95-litre backpack but now carries only the bare essentials in a 35-litre bag.

Photo: The Star

He never thought that he would even get this far. Asked if he had ever thought of quitting, he quipped: "Every day."

"Just keep on walking. Everyday is a new day," he said when asked what made him go on.

He added that people everywhere had helped him in his journey, whether it was giving him food or water or providing accommodation.

Photo: The Star

On Friday, he will walk to Malacca with several Malaysians.

Arjun will then continue to Singapore and take a boat to Indonesia before deciding on how to get to Australia.

His parents have been one of his biggest supporters, flying in to meet him every now and then.

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