A virtual trek to raise funds and awareness for Aussie veterans in financial hardship will start October 16.
Bravery Trek 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 Defence Force who have been injured during service.
Bravery Trek is held annually by national charity Bravery Trust. This year’s Trek is 100km for 100 years to commemorate the Air Force centenary.
“Bravery Trust was established to support veterans who sustained illness or injury while serving in the contemporary wars. 70% of those who reach out to Bravery Trust are aged 50 years or younger,” said Bravery Trust Chief Executive Officer Belinda Wilson.
“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.”
Ms Wilson said Bravery Trek was a vital fund-raising event for the charity organisation.
“Bravery Trek raises much-needed funds for veterans in need. Importantly, it also helps spread the word about our services, and reach out to veterans who need help or those who know someone in need.
“This year we are inviting schools to join the trek; 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 100km for 100 years might sounds like a lot but, with 50 days to complete the challenge, it’s only 2km per day! Participants can choose to run the whole 100km, or mix it up and run, walk, cycle and wheel their way to 100km to support Aussie veterans.
Register at www.braverytrek.com.au
Injured or ill veterans and families in financial hardship can call
Bravery Trust on 1800 BRAVERY (1800 272 837).