AFTER bravely serving his country, Rodney Sherriff found himself down on his luck.
A virtual trek on October 16 will raise funds to support veterans like Rodney who are experiencing hardship.
Bravery Trek is hosted annually by not-for-profit charity Bravery Trust. This year's event will challenge veterans and members of the broader community to walk 100km to commemorate the 100thth anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.
The event encourages participants to get outside and be active, while raising awareness and funds for current and former Defence Force personnel who are facing hardship due to injury or illness.
Rodney served in the Air Force for 23 years from 1984-2007, 15 of them as Sergeant. His service included deployments in Iraq.
The 58-year-old reached out to Bravery Trust after he found himself in considerable debt after encountering a number of problems following his transition to civilian life.
He was living in Mackay, Queensland when his partner died suddenly.
Soon after, he was diagnosed with cancer and found himself facing mounting financial debt.
Bravery Trust assisted Rodney with the expenses of moving back to Tasmania, where he is currently living with his parents.
The organisation also helped link Rodney with support services, including a financial advisor to help him plan for a sustainable future.
Rodney said he was extremely thankful for the support he had received from the not-for-profit organisation.
"I can't speak highly enough of the compassionate way Bravery Trust helped me when I really needed their help," he said.
Bravery Trust chief executive Belinda Wilson said the organisation was both a safety net for veterans in need and a tool of empowerment to help them improve their lives.
"Bravery Trek raises much-needed funds for veterans in need," she said.
Registrations for the event are free and trekkers are welcome to run, walk, cycle or wheel. Participants have 50 days to complete the challenge, meaning they only need to trek for 2km each day.
Injured or ill veterans and families in financial hardship can call Bravery Trust on 1800-272-837.
For more information about Bravery Trek or to register, click here.
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