I am a current serving member with Victoria Police and over the past few years I have observed friends and work colleagues leaving the job due to PTSD. Some have committed suicide whilst some are on a long waiting list of up to 18 months for PTSD treatment.
It not only effects them personally it also effects family and friends
15 years ago I recall my first day walking into the Victoria Police Academy and hearing the words -
"'Welcome, you are just about to have a front row seat to the greatest show on earth, You will see and encounter everything first hand, You will deal with situations that no one would think could or should ever occur. You will have to make split decisions on the spot and have no time to think about it. You will just do it"
My campaign with the assistance of all key stake holders - The Blue Ribbon Foundation, The VIctoria Police Association, ESSSuper, Bank VIC and in conjunction with my triathlon club - Mornington Peninsula Triathlon Club is to raise awareness and funds to battle the Black dog.
My aim is to raise over $30,000 towards hospital engagement and make a specialised emergency services PTSD clinic.
My campaign for the 2017/2018 Triathlon season will commence by competing in the Noosa Triathlon - Olympic Distance in November 2017
I will then continue to enter various other triathlon races during the season.
Last year my campaign coincided with the MPTC will be celebrating 30 years of Triathlons. Where I completed the Noosa Triathlon Olympic Distance race in October 2016 - This consists of a 1.5 km swim, 40 km Bike ride and a 10 Km run.
I also completed Five Half Ironman events
Ballarat 70.3 – 11th of December 2016
Geelong 70.3 – 19th of February 2017
Bendigo Ultimate Triathlon – 12th of March 2017
Challenge Melbourne - 9th of April 2017
Cairns 70.3 - 11th of June 2017
These races consist of a 1.9 km Swim, 90 km bike ride and a 21 km run.
So please donate to this worthy cause and help protect the protectors