Having run the Great Ocean Road running festival and the Melbourne half Marathon in October 2018, I'm now training for the New York City full marathon in November 2019 to continue raising money for a cause close to my heart. My goal is to raise $15, 000 to support police officers suffering from PTSD in Victoria.
I was the Crime Reporter at Nine News in Melbourne, Australia for about 4 years and in that time have felt the toll of being involved in awful incidents across Melbourne. The involvement police have is obviously even more confronting and taxing than that of journalists.
When awful things happen in the city and our suburbs, the closest most people get is hearing about it from friends, watching it on the news or sometimes they don't come across it at all. Conversely, police have to deal with these unfathomable sights and situations every day. I've learnt the impact can be massive and there's very little appreciation of this.
Specifically, the money I raise will go towards 'Fighting PTSD Vicpol' through the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation. Its goal is to raise money for hospital engagement and to establish a specialised emergency services PTSD clinic.
This cause affects police officers but also their families and friends. Please spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance! 👮♀️👮