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Walking Off The War Within

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by Annette Vandersluis (subscribe)
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We often hear of the impact of depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bullying within our communities, and we know that these conditions are suffered at disturbing rates amongst our military personnel. However, are you aware of the presence of these conditions within our emergency services communities and the disturbing impact that they have?

Did you know that it is believed that about 10% of current emergency services workers suffer with PTSD and that it is suspected that these rates would rise if retired personnel were considered?

In 2015, Firefighter Nathan Shanahan walked from Mildura to Adelaide; over 400 kms with a 20kg pack to raise awareness of PTSD and depression. In 2016, he lost his battle.

Replicating Firefighter Shanahan's walk and in his memory along with all Fallen Brothers, Sisters, Service Men and Women, you are invited to share the burden with Emergency and Defence Service Personnel by Walking Off The War Within and marching on Saturday 28 April 2018.

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Photo: Walking Off The War Within

You can choose to walk with a pack symbolising the weight of depression and the equipment service personnel often carry or without. Walk 5, 10, 15 or 20 km at East Point Reserve Darwin, Uluru Base Walk Yulara and Barrett Drive, Alice Springs (opposite Lasseters Casino).

Walkers undertaking 15 km or 20 km walks are invited to commence at 7 am with those wishing to complete 5 km and 10 km walks commencing at 8 am.

Shirts and hats are available to purchase with shirts in black, dark green and light grey costing $15 in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL. Hats are black with white printing and cost $5.

Registering to walk costs $11.64 per person or $22.19 for a team or family. If you would like to make a donation, even if you are not walking, you are welcome to do so at the website. Profits raised will be donated to Soldier On, Headspace, Lifeline and Black Dog Institute to assist in continuing the important work undertaken within these organisations.

If you have been touched by depression, PTSD or bullying or would like to support those who support us, please register and join in this worthwhile event.
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Why? Share the burden and help fight the war within
When: Saturday 28 April 2018
Where: Darwin, Alice Springs and Uluru
Cost: $11.64 or $22.19
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