A brief History:


In 2016, Chris Bailey, a young man from Melbourne, decided to do something extraordinary. He decided to walk over 4,300 km to help provide lifesaving loans for mothers and their family living in poverty. 

For over six months, Chris walked the infamous Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada and raised over $130,000. Towards the end, winter was approaching, and the window of opportunity to complete the walk almost closed. Despite the odds against him, Chris pushed through because he knew that over 200 people were gathering on October 14, 2016 to walk with him to help celebrate the completion of the journey. 

After walking an average of 30km per day for six months, Chris landed in Melbourne, and the next day walked another 10km with 200 Stride the Divide participants around the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne. Supported by family, friends, students from his old school Xavier College, and students from Ringwood Secondary College, Chris's achievement has now given birth to the Stride the Divide movement.

See blogs and press releases from 2016: