On Saturday 25 February 2012 a surreal spectacle took place as hundreds of zombies walked through the centre of Sydney, Australia.
The undead made their way from Hyde Park, along Elizabeth Street towards Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills, a distance of about 2.5kms.
Anybody out shopping in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) or attending the Sydney Cellar Door 2012 wine festival event in Hyde Park would have been in for a shock.
Digital Journal spoke to the Sydney Zombie Walk organiser, Michael Berman at the end of the walk to find out what it was all about.
“We’re raising money for the Brain Foundation of Australia who do a lot for people with a whole bunch of different brain disorders.
“We do this twice a year. Normally one in March and one in October. This year we moved it a little bit earlier to suit our sponsor who is launching a TV channel tomorrow.
“There were about three, four hundred people, this time. Normally for an October one they’re a little bit bigger so you get about a thousand or one and a half thousand for them.”
How much money do you hope to raise from this event?
“In the past we haven’t been selling water, so now… In the past we normally raise about five or six hundred bucks. Now that we’re selling water, let’s see, we must have sold a couple of hundred at $2.50 each, so we’re probably going to bump that up to over a grand this year.”
How did you manage to get all these people together?
“The wonders of social networking. You make a group on Facebook and then all of a sudden you have a thousand people in a march.”
Are these people mostly from the Sydney area?
“Yeah, mostly. We normally have a few people coming down from Gosford or Newcastle. Actually, we had someone fly in from Perth last time. That was pretty impressive.”
Sources and further information
Sydney Zombie Walk website
Brain Foundation website
Australian Associated Press (AAP)