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Fundraising to support Aussie veterans & their families
Through the media and film, it is a known fact that our veterans and their families can find hard times when returning home. One can only imagine what life must be like on the front line, in places of destruction and homelessness and what memories are brought home in the minds of our soldiers.
Solider On is an Australia Wide event supporting our veterans and their families to cope and thrive through a range of health and well-being services, employment opportunities, education programmes and participation in community and sporting activities.
During March 2020, Solider On hopes to raise one million dollars to support this cause. To do this, Solider On is inviting Australian's to walk 96 kilometres during March, either individually or in teams. The 96 kilometres is the distance of Kokoda. Some of you may have already walked the Kokoda Trail and know the obstacles endured by our troops during that time, so this walk is in honour of our veterans then and now.
Register for the Hill Challenge and walk 96 kilometres by end of March 2020. You can walk anywhere for this challenge for as long or as short as you wish. Please remember to read the disclaimer before taking part in the challenge.
In 1942 the Australian Army halted the Japanese forces in Papua New Guinea by pushing them back across mountains while protecting Australia from imminent invasion. Some of the suggested walks for the Mountain Challenge is as follows.
South Australia Mt Lofty Summit from Chambers Gully 15km loop times six
New South Wales Six Foot Track From Jenolan Caves to Katoomba 95km out and back
Western Australia Kitty's George Walking Trail 16km loop times six
Queensland Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk 108 km out and back
ACT Canberra Centenary Trail choose your own sections, seven in total up to 96 km
Victoria Great Dividing Trail Network
Tasmania Lenah Valley to the Pinnacle Loop 17 km loop times six
Northern Territory The Tabletop Track 39km loop times 2.5
Or choose your own, as long as you complete 96km by end of March 2020.
This is an amazing event, which has supported and helped many Australian soldiers, some you have read about and some you may know. Through events in 2013 and 2014, Soldier On was able to open centres in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney as well as hiring a part-time psychologist in Canberra who gave vital support to veterans and families. This valued work now continues throughout Australia.