Bulletin No: 41 Volume: 23 Friday 17 March 2017
To: All UFU MEMBERS
WALKING OFF THE WAR WITHIN
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS ILLNESS
There is an ever-increasing awareness of the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Illness within the emergency services. Fire services both within Australia and overseas have been affected by the loss of members who have suffered Post Traumatic Illness as a result of their service to the community.
There are a number of significant initiatives that are being put in place to create awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Illness.
Leading firefighter Adam Young has organised WALKING OFF THE WAR WITHIN as part of this awareness campaign.
When: Saturday 22nd April
Where: St Patricks College (rear oval Ballarat)
Time: 9am – 3pm
Walking Off The War Within will consist of either a 1,2 ,3 or 20 kilometre walk (with or without a backpack) around Victoria Park in Ballarat (rear oval St Patricks College). Members can participate by registering to do one of these walks with or without a 20kg backpack.
The backpack symbolises the weight firefighters are often called to carry and also as a symbol of the weight of PTSI.
Members are encouraged to take part in this important Initiative by registering via the website link ASAP. In addition to this the UFU will be distributing posters to all stations. If you can please put these posters up around your station upon receipt to raise awareness for this campaign.
Members can choose to accept the challenge of 20 kilometres with a 20kg pack. The most important thing is that you take the time to participate in this event. The event also recognises the recent passing of Qualified Firefighter Nathan Shanahan.
There will be a number of displays and family activities and we encourage members to bring their families along.
For further details please contact LFF Adam Young on 0400-744-810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: registrations will close on Monday 17th of April 2017.
For further information visit http://walkoffww.com/ or follow the Facebook page at fb/walkingoffthewarwithin
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary