On Saturday 2nd November 219, the inaugural Victor Harbor RSL “Walk 4 PTSD” was launched during Veterans’ Health Week 23 October – 3 November 2019 inclusive.
The Victor Harbor RSL saw this as an opportunity to partner with a number of organisations, who when approached fully supported the event with open arms. Those organisations are as follows:
- Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
- Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) K 9 Project
- Victor Harbor City Council
- Plympton Veterans Centre
- South Coast Veterans Association
- State Emergency Service
- Victor Harbor Rotary Club
- Adelaide University
- Army Cadets ( Victor Harbor Region)
- ST John Ambulance
- Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Club SA
- Military Brotherhood Motorcycle Club SA
- Dean Bird Music
The day was a beautiful 22 Degrees Celsius. Members of the RSL and other volunteers commenced setting up areas as early as 6:00 a.m.
Approximately 100 members of the community registered for the event with many others just turning up and supporting the walk. The walk was a great success with many new friendships being formed.
Two New Zealanders also flew in from New Zealand’s North Island from the NZ Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle club to support and participate in the event.
At the completion of the walk, many of those who attended or supported the walk returned to the RSL for refreshments. There where a number of raffles, dinner and entertainment by “The Road Runners” and later Dean Bird got the late stayers into a frenzy.
The day and night were a great success.
Final count of funds raised by donations and raffles has been calculated and approximately $2000 which will be handed over to RSB in the coming weeks.