Victor Harbor RSL organises walk in support of veterans

FIGHTING TRAUMA: Glenn Bickley, Trevor Shinnick with dog Sophie, Dave Miller, Kent Johncock, Lin Perea and Wendy Lucas at the Victor Harbor RSL.
FIGHTING TRAUMA: Glenn Bickley, Trevor Shinnick with dog Sophie, Dave Miller, Kent Johncock, Lin Perea and Wendy Lucas at the Victor Harbor RSL.

Veterans Health Week Australia wide will be held during October 26, to November 3 and the Victor Harbor RSL Sub-Branch is organising a Walk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to be held on Saturday, November 2.

The Walk will commence at Victor Harbor Soldiers Memorial Gardens to Granite Island and back.

The Walk is open to the community and organiser and vice president of the Victor Harbor RSL Kent Johncock said a number of Southern District RSL Sub-Branch Members will also participate.

Members will be from Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Goolwa, Strathalbyn, Murray Bridge, Normanville, and McLaren Vale, Willunga, and South Coast Vets.

"We have also invited our very much appreciated Local Community Front Line Responders to participate in the Walk for PTSD, with immediate acceptance. These First Responders also impacted by PTSD being invited are Police, Ambulance, SES, and all Fire Services," Kent said.

"Given that the largest concentration of retired military persons in the state reside in our region, we do expect this very important event to be well attended. If all goes well, we intend to make this an annual event. We would certainly welcome a donation or gift in support of this Veterans Health & Wellbeing fundraiser."

For more information or if you can assist contact 0417 834 579 or 0474 302 988.

The aim of the walk is to encourage any members (all services) suffering in silence to attend and to provide a platform for community engagement to highlight Veterans/Defence members health and wellbeing initiatives.

Fundraising will assist the purchase, training and deployment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) dogs to Australian Defence Force (ADF) Veterans/members.

"Our local RSL Branch has a number of modern veteran members suffering PTSD, so this is a very real and serious issue that certainly needs to be discussed and addressed. Our partner in this endeavour is The Royal Society for The Blind (RSB SA) to train the Veteran PTSD dogs," Kent said.

Proposed sequence of Walk events for Saturday, November 2, is 2pm gather at Soldiers Memorial Gardens and organise participants into short walk (to Island Café and return) and long walk around the Island and return.

After the walk all will be invited to attend the RSL ROOs Clubrooms for good conversation, food and beverages. All Funds raised will be donated to RSB SA.

Walking participants can register via On-Line Link to be set up, but can register on the day, gold coin donation optional.

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