Badger's Challenge - 96km

By Aaron Simpson

Hi my name is Badger, or officially Aaron Simpson,

I am about to set off on a 96km walking challenge to raise awareness and support for returned service personnel, in particular to raise awareness about suicide and mental health and its impact on the lives of returned personnel and their families.

I am a returned serviceman, having served in the NZ infantry from 1991 to 1996. I was posted to 2/1 Bn RNZIR Burnham Military Camp, just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand.

This cause is close to my heart having known and lost many mates to post service trauma and mental illness. 

I am walking for every one of them.

My 96km walk will start at Mandurah Forum on 30th April 2021 and will end at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre on the 31st April 2021, approx. 20 hours of continuous walking. 

96km is the same length as the iconic Kokoda Trail walked by so many during war time and since.

I'd like to thank my family and friends as well as my colleagues at CITIC Pacific Mining for their support and encouragement.

Many of my coworkers at CITIC Pacific Mining are returned service personnel and I walk for them too

My aim is to raise $9,600 for Soldier On in support of mental illness and suicide prevention, my challenge is the 96km walk and I am challenging my networks, colleagues, friends, family and community to support my walk and to donate $100 and sponsor a kilometer. 

I need 96 people to donate $100 for every kilometer I walk to help me reach my $9,600 target. 

But, in saying that any gift towards this challenge will be gratefully accepted and I thank everyone for their support.

96km = $9,600.

This amount will help Soldier On undertake a major refurbishment of a facility such as a therapy pool at the PTSD Treatment Facility - a vital  service for returned personnel to engage with and access support.

Please donate today.

Thank you very much from me, and from the men and women who will benefit from this donation.

Best Wishes - Badger

P.S. Every donation over $2 is tax deductible

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Blisters for a great cause! Well done mate.
matthew ryan 2021-04-12 15:26:22
Marco Di Lucia 2021-04-10 11:33:12
Good on you Badger!
Rob Johnston 2021-04-08 09:02:57
Shelley Maynard 2021-03-29 12:23:10
Shelley Maynard 2021-03-29 12:21:22
You got this!! Jeff and Aimee
Jeffrey Roxburgh 2021-03-27 09:30:11
Paul Eaton 2021-03-27 00:45:41
All the best
Joseph Lionti 2021-03-22 22:28:44
Go you good thing. Foggy
Peter Hopkins 2021-03-20 12:17:27
Wonder Aaron
Gail Win 2021-03-20 09:02:00
Great cause Badger
Neil Havard 2021-03-18 11:24:22
Best of luck mate. It 's a very worthy cause. Too many good men and women in the services are taking their lives. Great work!!! Hilly
Andrew Hill 2021-03-17 20:49:43
Kevin Reynolds 2021-03-16 12:48:43
Christopher Dawson 2021-03-15 21:36:35
Wow! Big undertaking Aaron. Sending lots of love and prayers for this amazingly worthwhile cause. Lesley
Irene Lesley James 2021-03-15 03:16:02
Proud of your efforts, great job!
Sophie Kipalan 2021-03-13 21:31:37
Best of luck with the walk
Aj Oliver 2021-03-13 07:17:25
Well done Badge!
Ebony Summers 2021-03-12 11:40:05
Happy to help a good guy
Kevin Gange 2021-03-10 18:14:59
Ngati Tumatauenga Badge!
Harold Ngarimu 2021-03-09 17:31:10
Go hard bro. Chur. The Dominator.
Sam KON-YU 2021-03-09 11:24:16
This is such a great idea Aaron! My brother is also a return serviceman as he was in the Australia Army for many years and lost friends to PTSD. Good luck in your walk , such a great cause . Sonya
Sonya Elson 2021-02-25 15:46:17
Onya Badger! Follow that white line
MARK EDMUNDS 2021-02-25 12:02:07
Jim Robinson 2021-02-23 13:21:47
Good on you Badger for making a difficult journey a little easier for someone in need !
Christopher Bolton 2021-02-22 22:57:41
Keep up the good work, Badger
Gregory Earnshaw 2021-02-22 21:39:06
Good day mate I 'm so proud of you for doing this like you im called uncle ha I think I 've only been call Kev Gange a couple of times in this pass 5yrs take care Uncle
Kevin Gange 2021-02-22 17:26:43
GOOD Stuff Badger
CAMERON BARRATT 2021-02-22 15:24:36
Nice one Badge, very worthwhile cause! Cath Ben
Catherine Siddall 2021-02-22 13:55:38
Winthrop Chiropractic 2021-02-19 21:21:06
Please don t call me when you re going through mandurah in the middle of the night haha
Mona BAIKIE 2021-02-19 06:37:09
Nadine Tyro 2021-02-18 21:40:56
Good on you Simmo always had a good heart! PS you do look like a hairy badger mate
Donna Creighton 2021-02-17 20:11:21
Nice work cousin, Onward!
Darcy Smith 2021-02-17 18:59:55
Good on your for putting the spotlight on such a good cause. All the best for the 96km!
Freya Contos 2021-02-17 16:29:37
All the best, what an awesome cause, your a true inspiration badge xx
Pam Lewis 2021-02-16 23:55:29
Darren Reinhardt 2021-02-16 22:53:26
Andrew Franich 2021-02-16 19:06:32
All the best fella
Kevin Sexton 2021-02-16 13:26:22
Good work Badgers
Steven Yin 2021-02-16 12:11:49
Good on ya Aaron!! Right behind from over here in England!
Nicki Crabtree 2021-02-11 19:05:56
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