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Bravery Trek supports Aussie veterans with virtual fitness challenge

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 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 and this year’s Trek is 100km for 100 years to commemorate the Air Force centenary.

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According to Bravery Trust chief executive officer Belinda Wilson, about 66% of those who reach out to Bravery Trust are aged 50 years or younger. 

“Bravery Trust was established to support veterans who sustained illness or injury while serving in the contemporary wars," Wilson said.

“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.”

Wilson added that Bravery Trek was a vital fundraising event for the charity organisation.

“Bravery Trek raises much-needed funds for veterans in need,” she said.

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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.”

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,” Wilson said.

“Donations will assist with medical and educational expenses, car repairs, housing costs and, in crisis situations, food and utility expenses.”

Participants can choose to run the whole 100 kilometres, or mix it up and run, walk, cycle and wheel their way to 100 kilometres to support Aussie veterans.

There is no cost to register for Bravery Trek and the virtual trek aims to raise funds and awareness for Aussie veterans in financial hardship, and will start 16 October.

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).

[Related: New AIHW study reveals extent of veteran suicide crisis]


Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 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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