Peter Dutton, Federal Member for Dickson and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, has called for community support for the Wandering Warriors Inc for their 1600km megawalk from Brisbane to Birdsville.
The team of retired SAS veterans will set off on their megawalk on the 3rd of August to try and raise money for Defence charities. The walk has been started to support our wounded service personnel returning from conflict in Afghanistan, as well as the families of those who have lost their lives representing our country.
Mr Dutton praised the walk organiser, Michael Donaldson on his initiative in starting the walk.
“The group are aiming to raise $500,000 this year with the funds split between The Commando Welfare Trust, Project Excalibur, Soldier On, White Cloud Foundation and Wounded Heroes,” Mr Dutton said.
“The charity was founded by Australian SAS Association Queensland Inc. The members are veterans of Australia's military conflicts from the past 50 years, with the oldest walker in the group being 75 years old,” Mr Dutton added.
At present, the Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs share the task of caring for our injured defence personnel, but there are a number of gaps in entitlements, grants and funding. The Wandering Warriors was founded to help meet that need.
Donations for the Wandering Warriors can be made by direct deposit or cheque and this information can be obtained from Mr Dutton’s office.
Mr Dutton encouraged those who can’t donate to send a message of support to the group and follow their progress through Twitter: @WanderingSAS
or their Facebook Like Page: Wandering Warriors
“This is a great cause and I wish the team the best of luck on their walk,” Mr Dutton said.
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