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