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Bravery Trust supports veterans facing hardship with virtual trek fundraiser

Bravery Trust aims to support Aussie veterans facing financial hardship this year by hosting their annual fundraising trek online due to lockdown rules.

Bravery Trust aims to support Aussie veterans facing financial hardship this year by hosting their annual fundraising trek online due to lockdown rules.

The Bravery Trek is the largest annual event of national military charity Bravery Trust, and the national non-for-profit organisation is encouraging families in lock down to get outside and be active during this iteration of their fundraiser.

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As a charity organisation, fundraising is important and we do rely on donations to meet the growing need for our services, according Bravery Trust chief executive Belinda Wilson.

“But Bravery Trek achieves so much more than that – it helps us to spread the word about our services, to reach out to veterans needing help, and to raise awareness amongst those who may be in a position to refer us to someone in need,” Wilson added.

“This year we are inviting schools to join the trek; the message may reach someone who needs our support within a school community; or someone who can refer a friend.

There is no cost to register for Bravery Trek, and anyone who wants to complete the trek without sponsorship is encouraged to join the fun.

“For those in a position to seek sponsorship from family and friends, Bravery Trek provides an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of current and ex-serving member of the Defence Force who are facing financial hardship and are impacted by injury or illness sustained during service,” Wilson said.

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“Generous support from Leidos and Accenture to assist with set-up costs, means that every dollar raised during Bravery Trek will go directly to veterans in need.

"$75 provides fuel vouchers for medical appointments, $150 fills a fridge with fresh food for a week.

"Your support can have a long-lasting impact."

Bravery Trek's 2021 theme is 100km for 100 years of Air Force in commemoration of the service and sacrifice of members of the Royal Australian Air Force in its centenary year.

“One hundred kilometres might sounds like a lot, but trekkers can run, walk, swim, cycle or a combination of all, and you have seven weeks to complete the challenge,” Wilson said.

Registrations will open 1 October at braverytrek.com.au. The challenge is to complete 100 kilometres in 50 days from 16 October and concludes 4 December.

Injured or ill veterans and families in financial hardship can call Bravery Trust on 1800 BRAVERY (1800 272 837).

[Related: RMIT aims to propel hypersonic flight with 3D printed catalysts]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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