Chris Duffy carried his 8-year-old son with cerebral palsy on his back through a gruelling week-long charity hike.
A Tasmanian man says his son’s happy nature inspired him to carry the boy who has a disability for a week-long bushwalk on the Overland Track.
Eight-year-old Jack Duffy has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, talk or eat on his own.
Most people who walk the Overland Track take a backpack that weighs between 13 and 20 kilograms.
But Jack’s father Chris Duffy’s backpack was specially designed to carry his son Jack, who weighs 37 kilograms.
Mr Duffy said the highlight of the walk was a rest stop at one of the mountain passes.
“I was sitting there looking at Jack and sort of got a little emotional thinking that he was probably the first non-abled body, little boy or person maybe to be in that spot,” he said.
The gruelling bushwalk would not have been possible without the support of 13 friends who carried extra gear like nappies and specialised feeding equipment for Jack.
Lauren Atkinson, a real estate agent in Launceston, decided to volunteer as one of Mr Duffys’ support crew.
“I don’t think anyone can really appreciate how difficult it is to carry 37 kilos of wriggling child on your back, but Chris is a gun, Chris is amazing,” she said.