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PRESS RELEASE

21 December 2020

Communities rally together to raise over $94,000 for veteran charity Bravery Trust

In its inaugural year, the Bravery Trek was held from 24 October to 23 November, with more than 400 participants helping to raise funds for Bravery Trust, which provides financial support to current and ex-serving members of the Defence Force who have been injured in service.

We are delighted to announce that this year, Bravery Trek raised over $94,000!!

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who got behind this event and help not only to raise money, but also raise awareness of some of the challenges our contemporary veterans face. In the lead up to Christmas this will help over 60 veterans and their families who have been financially impacted, keep a roof over their head, food on the table and presents under the tree.” Belinda Wilson, CEO Bravery Trust.

Bravery Trust helps veterans and their families avoid falling into poverty or financial crises by providing financial aid, counselling and education opportunities to upskill or retrain.

Our Aussie veterans are some of the proudest people in Australia. But, sometimes they need our help, especially when they have additional service-related injuries and find themselves in a stressed financial position.  Each month we provide about $100,000 of financial relief and help with life necessities such as bond and rent, utility bills, car repairs, food and school fees.

The event was made possible by our corporate partner and event sponsors Leidos. Paul Chase, Leidos Chief Executive said; “Our employees are proud to be involved with a charity like Bravery Trust, and to support our Aussie veterans”.

Bravery Trek was held online this year due to the pandemic and participants were asked to walk, run or wheel the 96km Kokoda Trail from anywhere in their neighbourhoods. Over 400 participants began the trek which coincided with Veterans’ Health Week and Remembrance Day and gave the opportunity to reflect and thank those who so selflessly served and currently serve our country.

For more information, visit our website www.braverytrust.org.au Media Contact: Gwen O’Hanlon gwenohanlon@braverytrust.org.au 0400 389 718

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Bravery Trust is a registered business name of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust, a nationally registered charity.