My Total: $5,617.50
Miss Claire Goward and Miss Stacey Horne are two young ladies who have set themselves an ambitious goal of conquering the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in October 2016. Claire is a current serving submariner in the Royal Australian Navy and Stacey is an ex-member who works for THALES, which is contracted to Defence. We are both studying at university and are housemates in Port Kennedy.
The Kokoda Track was made famous in WWII when Australian and Japanese soldiers fought in dire conditions on the Owen Stanley Range. Mud, malaria and malnutrition were rife while the soldiers on both sides engaged in guerrilla warfare. The efforts of the Australian soldiers prevented the inevitable invasion of mainland Australia by the Japanese, and their heroic efforts have been immortalised in our nation's history.
We both have strong connections to the Australian Defence Force and wish to support a charity that assists with the rehabilitation and reintegration of wounded Defence members into society. By using the Kokoda Track adventure as a vehicle to enhance our own understanding of the hardships endured by the brave Australians who defended our country on Kokoda, we also intend to share the story with others and increase their understanding of the afflictions that ADF service today can incur. Therefore, our plight in Papua New Guinea is a conduit to fundraise for a charity that is close to our hearts.
So we have challenged ourselves, now we are challenging you. We challenge you to pledge 1c per step that we take on this perilous journey, for either the whole 9 days, or a random single day of your choosing. We will be tracking our steps with the Fitbit fitness tracker, and estimate that we will take between 13,000 and 15,000 steps per day. If you wish to donate through this method, please indicate your interest directly to Stacey or Claire.
How far will your donation go?
$60 pays for the staff fees for a ex-serving member and their family to have a consultation with a Reintegration Officer, who can offer advice and begin to connect them with the services offered by Soldier On and other support organisation.
$100 covers the facility and instructor fees for a 1 hour wellness session for 10 Veterans. These range from Art and Music sessions, to sports activities and Yoga. These sessions connect the Veterans with other like minded people and fosters friendship and support whilst developing new skills.
$165 Covers the cost of a session with a Psychologist, which fosters the positive trajectory of recovery for both the Veteran and their family.
$250 Covers the cost of a session with a career adviser. Ex-serving members have a wide array of skills that are often difficult to translate into civilian equivalence. The development of a professional CV greatly assists with confidence and comportment while looking for a job in the real world.
$300 Covers the cost of a Family Day for 5 Veterans and their families. Often, it is difficult to spend quality time with the family outside the house, and this Family Day provides that experience.
These above figures are an indication as to how powerful your donation can be for an ex-serving member and their family. They are by no means fixed donation amounts, and Stacey and Claire would be exceptionally grateful for anything you can spare in support of this great cause. Once you have donated you will immediately receive a tax receipt to your email address. All donations made from this page will go straight to Soldier On.
Wish us luck!