ON ROAD: The SAS Wandering Warriors are trekking from Brisbane to Canberra.
ON ROAD: The SAS Wandering Warriors are trekking from Brisbane to Canberra.

SAS fundraisers to drop in at Warwick

IN 2013 they walked 1600km in 33 days from Brisbane to Birdsville, braving sub-zero mornings in Gatton, Oakey and Dalby and 40-plus degree days beyond Windorah, raising more than $120,000.

This year members of the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Association charity, the Wandering Warriors, will tackle the 1300km Brisbane to Canberra Mega-challenge.

It will be Warwick's turn when the warriors pass through the town today.

The day will begin with a march from Warwick RSL to Bunnings Warehouse via Palmerin St at 3.15pm, with a band, marchers and a column of vehicles all involved.

The community is then invited to attend a barbecue dinner at Scots PGC College from 5pm, with entry $5.

Following dinner, the college will host a 'Conversations with the SAS' event featuring presentations and talks by SAS veterans covering conflicts from Borneo to Afghanistan. The event opens at 7pm and entry is a $10 donation at the door.

Wandering Warriors chief executive Audie Moldre said the mega-challenge would conclude with a high-profile finish on the steps of the Australian War Memorial on Thursday, October 16, where there would be a plaque dedica

tion for the SAS Regiment.

"The walkers will be supported by soldiers from the Enoggera-based 7th Brigade as well as Special Operations Command and subordinate units," he said.

Mr Moldre said he believed the Australian Defence Force and Department of Veterans' Affairs did a world-class job of caring for wounded, injured and ill veterans.

"However, for truly effective rehabilitation and transition back to civilian life, veterans' care needs community input, support and involvement.

"You can show your support for our veterans by donating, buying merchandise or helping to share our message.

"Our aim is to 'care for the carers'; we do not support veterans directly. We provide a strategic fundraising umbrella for charities that are often too preoccupied with the carer role. With the support of corporate Australia and the Australian community, the Wandering Warriors aim to raise badly needed funds for SAS Resources Trust, Commando Welfare Trust, Project Excalibur, White Cloud Foundation, Young Diggers and the Navy Clearance Diver Trust," he said.

Visit www.wandering warriors.org to donate, and follow the Wandering Warriors on Facebook and Twitter @WanderingSAS.



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