Virtual trek supports veterans

Repatriation Commissioner Don Spinks AM will take part in a virtual trek to raise funds and awareness for veterans in financial hardship.

Bravery Trek, which starts on 16 October, is challenging veterans and the broader community to get outside and be active, while raising awareness and vital funds for serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have been wounded or injured during service.

Bravery Trek is held annually by national charity Bravery Trust. This year’s Trek is 100 kilometres, representing the Air Force centenary.

‘I would encourage anyone to get involved with Bravery Trek,’ said Mr Spinks. ‘It’s a terrific event held by a terrific organisation.’

‘Bravery Trust was established to support veterans who sustained illness or injury while serving in contemporary wars,’ said Bravery Trust Chief Executive Officer Belinda Wilson. ‘Sixty-six per cent of those who reach out to Bravery Trust are aged 50 years or younger.

‘We provide an immediate safety net for veterans facing financial hardship, but we also have a mission to empower veterans and improve lives. Our financial counselling service provides veterans and their families with new skills and the confidence to build a better future.

‘Bravery Trek raises much-needed funds for veterans in need. Importantly, it also helps spread the word about our services.

‘This year we are inviting schools to join the trek,’ she added. ‘The message may reach veterans needing financial support within a school community. Or someone who can refer a friend.’

There is no cost to register for Bravery Trek. The Trek has secured sponsorship from Leidos and Accenture so funds raised by Bravery Trek can go directly to veterans in need.

‘For those in a position to make a donation or to seek sponsorship from family and friends, Bravery Trek provides an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of veterans who are impacted by injury or illness sustained during service,’ Ms Wilson said.

‘Donations will assist with medical and educational expenses, car repairs, housing costs and, in crisis situations, food and utility expenses.’

The challenge of 100 kilometres might sounds like a lot but, with 50 days to complete the challenge, it’s only two kilometres per day. Participants can choose to run the whole 100 kilometres, or mix it up and run, walk, cycle and wheel their way to 100 kilometres.

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Injured or ill veterans and families in financial hardship can call Bravery Trust on 1800 BRAVERY (1800 272 837).