As an ex-soldier I have experienced first-hand the consequences of war and of the dramatic effects it can have on the families of the members who have seen active service in the combat zone. It is my privilege to acknowledge and offer my personal support for the magnificent fundraising activities being conducted by Wandering Warriors and the Queensland Branch of the SAS Association. The 1300km walk from Brisbane to Canberra to be undertaken later in 2014 endeavours to raise significant funds for charities such as the Commando Welfare Trust, Project Excalibur, Wounded Heroes, White Cloud Foundation and Soldier On.
I believe that Wandering Warriors embodies the essential qualities of commitment, enthusiasm and dedication needed to support past and present serving Australian Defence Force personnel and I would actively encourage all members of the public to demonstrate their support both personally and financially for this worthwhile cause.
Keith Payne VC, OAM