NEW PATH: Kevin ‘Mad Dog’ Mudford changed his life when he gave up drugs and alcohol.
NEW PATH: Kevin ‘Mad Dog’ Mudford changed his life when he gave up drugs and alcohol. Barclay White

Spreading a message of hope across Australia

FOR more than 30 years Kevin 'Mad Dog' Mudford has travelled from town to town.

He has no permanent address, barely any possessions and only survives on the kindness of the people he meets.

This week he comes to Kingaroy as part of his seemingly never ending journey to spread the word that no matter how bad it gets, people have the power to turn things around.

Kevin wears his 60 years of life like a badge of honour.

These days he lives a clean life, he's been sober for 35 years, a change that he credits to finding his faith in Jesus Christ.

But when he was a young man he led a different life - he was in and out of prison and his life was a permanent haze fuelled by drugs and alcohol.

"I was the product of a broken home," he said.

"I had a raging booze problem, lots of drugs, pill popping.

"I was doing silly stuff, burglaries, fights that sort of thing."

Life changed when his older brother visited him in prison and told him he had gone straight. It was the inspiration for him to quit.

NEW PATH: Kevin
NEW PATH: Kevin "Mad Dog" Mudford changed his life when he gave up drugs and alcohol. Barclay White

He went sober and changed his life, but he wanted to share his message of change and redemption across Australia.

"It's an urge to give back, I feel like it is what I was put on Earth for," he said.

And that is what he has been doing for more than 30 years, travelling from town to town and letting people know that it is never too late to change.

"If I didn't quit drinking I'd be in prison, dead, locked up in the nut house," he said.

He does not know where he will go next, but says he isn't planning on giving up just yet.

"I'm 60 now, I reckon I'll keep going till I'm 75," he said. Kevin will speak about his life at O'Neill Square on Haly St on Saturday morning at 8am.