Soldier On’s March On Challenge has raised more than $1,800,000 to prevent veteran suicide.
During the month of March, the March On Challenge called upon Australians to walk 96 kilometres, the length of the Kokoda Track, in order to raise funds to help prevent veteran suicide.
The challenge attracted more than 6,200 participants, 862 teams and 27 schools – Marching from the ocean floor to mountain peaks, with a combined total of more than 434,000km walked.
The March On Challenge also saw participants marching in the United Kingdom, the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Canada, New Zealand, and France.
Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said he has been astonished by the overwhelming support that the campaign has received in 2021.
“It has been fantastic to see people all over Australia getting out there and marching on against veteran suicide. We have seen participants around the world completing their challenge through day-to-day activities, group walks, one-day challenges, mountain hikes, and even walks across the ocean floor,” Mr Slavich said.
“Every dollar raised as part of the March On challenge will go directly to the services that Soldier On provides to our nation’s current and ex-service personnel and their families. We will be putting on more Psychologists, more Counsellors, and offering more social connections services to help prevent veteran suicide” Mr Slavich added.
March On Patron, 102-year-old retired Sergeant Bert Le-Merton, said the success that Soldier On has seen in this campaign has been extraordinary.
“I thank all those members of the public who have assisted Soldier On by taking part in the challenge and making donations,” Sergeant Bert said.
“The funds raised through March On will allow Soldier On to provide serving and ex-serving veterans and their families with the assistance they need to build better futures following their service,” Sergeant Bert added.