We encourage all participants to ‘wear their colours / uniform’ to display a united front in tackling Depression and PTSD head on!
2019 Challenge date confirmed!
On Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 9am Emergency Service Personnel, Defence Force Personnel and members of the public will take part in Walking Off The War Within, to raise awareness of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The walk is held in memory of Nathan Shanahan, a returned solider and firefighter, and other fallen Service Men and Women who have taken their own lives after battling mental health issues.
Nathan was a fierce advocate for mental health and PTSD; sadly, Nathan lost his battle in December 2016. Walking Off The War Within is one way Nathan’s legacy continues.
The walk / challenge replicates the walk Nathan completed in April 2015 from Mildura to Adelaide, when he walked over 400 kilometres with a 20+ kilogram pack to raise awareness and funds for PTSD and depression.
The walk is designed to raise awareness of mental health and is a way to let those suffering know that there is support and that they are not alone!
Are you up for the Challenge?
Complete the Ultimate Challenge, 20km with 20kg, or walk 1, 2, 3 or more kilometres, with or without a pack, on your own or with someone else.
We challenge you – your mates, family, colleagues and friends – to throw on your walking boots, grab your pack and march as one; everyone welcome.
Help us fight depression and PTSD.
It’s a great family event
On the day of the event there will be family and children’s activities, community education displays, emergency and defence force vehicle and equipment displays, face painting and jumping castles and much more.
The Walk Off The War Within Challenge is open to everyone, of all abilities and ages including those Emergency Service and Defence Force personnel and members of the general public.
We encourage you, your group or business / organisation to take the challenge and raise awareness for PTSD and depression.
We encourage all participants to ‘wear their colours or uniform’ to display a united front in tackling depression and PTSD head on!
This is an inclusive event that is available to everybody. A range of ticket prices are available to select from. Funds raised through ticket sales help us to manage some event running costs, with proceeds being donated to local charities that work in the field of men’s mental heath and suicide prevention.
Participants who are unable to pay an entry fee can take part free of charge. Our focus is on raising awareness and participation for all.
If you would like to make a donation as your ticket price, please know that Walking Off The War Within donates proceeds from this event to Solider On, Survivors of Suicide (SOS) and Lifeline.
Merchandise will be available to purchase on the day. We have plenty of hats, however there is only a limited supply of shirt sizes and colours.
Trucker Hats: $10
Tee Shirts: $20
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
It isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people might think you’re a straight-shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.