Sunday the 6th May marks the day that 22 staff from Blacktown Workers Club Group (BWCG) took a step forward in supporting Australian Defence Force Veterans in need of assistance.

The Honour Our Heroes Relay Walk is held annually at Parramatta Park by the Veterans’ Benevolent Fund (VBF) and the RSL & Services Clubs Association. The Relay walk is one of many fundraisers run by VBF, which supports practical programs and services that help Veterans and their immediate families.

Many Defence personnel return from active service suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) as a result of the situations they confront in the line of duty. PTS can often mean returning to a normal life is difficult. The Relay Walk is not only about raising funds and awareness about our Veterans it also a chance to celebrate our Veterans. 22 of our staff took part in the 3km circuit, with the walk being 42km in total: honouring the bravery and sacrifice of the 42 Aussie soldiers who gave their lives for our nation in service in Afghanistan.

“I was humbled to be invited to join the team, and participate in this staff organised event. Together dressed in our Camos the Workers Walkers completed the 42km walk.

My first lap was in honour of Lance Corporal Jason Marks

Jason was a Commando in the Special Forces and was awarded Unit Citation for Gallantry in 2006 as part of the Special Operations Task Group in 2006. Sadly, while deployed in Afghanistan in 2008 Jason was killed in action during a gun battle with Taliban Extremists, leaving behind his wife and 2 young children. This is only one story, there are 41 others, all which show the sacrifice made by our defence personnel”. – Shelley Fletcher – Human Resources Manager BWCG.

The Workers Walkers team managed to raise over $1300 with 100% of the funds going directly to the VBF.

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Reference: https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/2018/5/6/proud-servicemen-and-women-walk-to-raise-awareness-for-modern-war-veterans