24th March 2018

20km walk around Vic Park

Starting at St Patricks College Oval,  Eyre Street, Newington

Registrations close 21st March!

We encourage all participants to ‘wear their colours / uniform’ to display a united front in tackling Depression & PTSD head on!


On Saturday 24th March 2018 at 9am Emergency Service Personnel, Defence Force Personnel & Members of the Public will be walking around Victoria Park in Ballarat to raise awareness of Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In December 2016 Firefighter Nathan Shanahan lost his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sadly many of our service men and women have succumb to Depression and PTSD and taken their own lives.

The walk / challenge is replicate the walk Firefighter Nathan Shanahan completed in April 2015 from Mildura to Adelaide. Nathan walked over 400 kilometres with a 20 kilogram pack to raise awareness of PTSD and Depression.

We plan to in memory of Firefighter Nathan Shanahan and other Fallen Brother / Sister Service Men & Women to march around Victoria Park in Ballarat for 20 kilometres with a 20 kilogram pack which symbolises the weight of depression and the equipment our service personnel often carry.

The Challenge

We challenge YOU, YOUR TEAM, YOUR ORGANISATION to don a 20kg pack and march for 20kms around Victoria Park with us . . . MARCH AS ONE.

Walk for 1, 2, 3 or more kms with or without a pack. Or accept the CHALLENGE and do the 20/20 MARCH AS ONE!

ALL WELCOME!!! Bring your family and your friends.

Registrations close 21st March!

We encourage all participants to ‘wear their colours / uniform’ to display a united front in tackling Depression & PTSD head on!

 Register Now


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

  • White  XXS – XXL
  • Black  XXS – XXL
  • Charcoal  XXS – XXL 

Free Rail Travel 

Through the negotiation skills of Caroline Springs Volunteer Firefighter Steven Evans, his employer V/Line has offered a free return ticket to all those travelling to Ballarat for the walk via their network.

For all those wishing to utilise this fantastic offer all you have to do is print out your Eventbrite Paper Tickets and present them with your photo id at the ticket office where you would normally purchase your travel tickets.  This offer is available from Friday 23rd through to Monday 26th of March only.

This is a fantastic initiative by V/Line and we appreciate their support of a very worthwhile cause.


 Help Agencies & Sponsors

Event Contacts

Adam Young

Leading Firefighter,
‘C’ Platoon / Shift

Mildura Fire Brigade

326 San Mateo Avenue,
Mildura Victoria 3500

Phone 03 5051 4100
Fax 03 5023 4017
Mobile 0400 744 810
Email a.young@cfa.vic.gov.au

Josh Martin  

‘C’ Platoon

Ballarat City Fire Station

1120 Sturt Street,
Ballarat Victoria 3350

Phone 03 5331 7744
Fax 03 5332 7568
Mobile 0409 898 896
Email j.martin@cfa.vic.gov.au

The Man in the Glass (Poem)

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.