In 2013 they walked 1,600kms in 33 days from Brisbane to Birdsville, braving sub-zero mornings in Gatton, Oakey and Dalby and 40-plus degree days beyond Windorah, raising over $120,000.
This year members of the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Association charity the Wandering Warriors tackled the 1,300km Brisbane to Canberra Mega-challenge.
The epic trek will conclude in Canberra this Thursday 16 October, with a high profile finish on the steps of the Australian War Memorial.
The warriors will host a public breakfast and mornos (morning tea) with a display of military vehicles in Veteran’s Park, Bunda Street in Canberra’s CBD from 8.00am to 9.30am.
At 9.45am the Wandering Warriors, supported by soldiers from the Enoggera-based 7th Brigade and Special Operations Command, will move off for the Australian War Memorial via Constitution Ave and Anzac Ave.
The warriors’ arrival at the steps of the Australian War Memorial at 10.30am will be marked by a parachute decent by Australian Army Parachute Display Team, Red Berets.
Wandering Warriors CEO Audie Moldre said Wandering Warriors is not focused exclusively on the SAS, Commandos and other Special Forces units.
“We work to raise funds for all wounded, injured and ill Australian Defence Force veterans, and their families, who have suffered as a result of their service.”
Mr Moldre said he believed the Australian Defence Force and Department of Veterans’ Affairs did a world class job of caring for wounded, injured and ill veterans.
“However, for truly effective rehabilitation and transition back to civilian life, veterans’ care needs community input, support and involvement. You can show your support for our veterans by donating, buying merchandise or helping to share our message.”
“Our aim is to “care for the carers”; we do not support veterans directly. We provide a strategic fundraising umbrella for charities that are often too pre-occupied with the carer role to do their own fundraising.
“With the support of corporate Australia and the Australian community, the Wandering Warriors aim to raise badly needed funds for SAS Resources Trust, Commando Welfare Trust, Project Excalibur, White Cloud Foundation, Young Diggers and the Navy Clearance Diver Trust,” he said.
The Brisbane to Canberra Mega-Challenge 2014 route and dates:
- Ipswich – Sunday 28th September
- Gatton – Monday 29th September
- Warwick – Monday 29th September
- Stanthorpe – Tuesday 30th September
- Wallangarra – Tuesday 30th September
- Tenterfield – Tuesday 30th September
- Glen Innes – Wednesday 1st October
- Armidale – Thursday 2nd October, Friday 3rd October, Saturday 4th October
- Bellingen – Friday 3rd October
- Uralla – Saturday 4th October
- Tamworth – Sunday 5th October
- Murrurundi – Monday 6th October
- Muswellbrook – Tuesday 7th October
- Bylong – Wednesday 8th October
- Cowra – Sunday 12th October
- Boorowa – Tuesday 14th October
- Canberra – Thursday 16th October