BGIS Takes to the Mountain to Prevent Veteran Suicide

This year, Soldier On supporter, BGIS took to the mountains as part of the March On challenge.

Soldier On’s March On challenge called upon Australians to walk 96 kilometres, the length of Kokoda, during the month of March to raise funds to help prevent veteran suicide.

Attracting more than 6,200 participants, 862 teams and 27 schools marching a total of 382,000km, the challenge raised more than $1.8 Million to prevent veteran suicide.

During March, members of the BGIS Defence team took on the Ten Aussie Peaks; Australia’s highest peaks all located in Kosciuszko National Park.

The four-day trekking challenge saw the team hike a total of 67km. A tremendous feat, the challenge saw participants conquer some of our countries most iconic peaks through extreme conditions, encountering ferocious headwinds of up to 70km/h, snow, hail, rain, flooding, and even white outs.

Thanks to generous donations from BGIS, their partners and individual supporters, the team raised more than $52,000, making BGIS the highest fundraising team throughout the March On challenge.

BGIS Managing Director – Operations, Defence & FMO, Brad Robbins, also raised an outstanding $11,232 for the challenge, making him the highest individual fundraiser across the campaign.

An avid supporter of Soldier On, BGIS has demonstrated its support for the veteran community through its own programs, as well as its ongoing partnerships with Soldier On as a Platinum Pledge Partner.

BGIS Managing Director – Operations, Defence & FMO, Brad Robbins said the team were thrilled to take part in the Mountain Challenge.

“This was a sensational experience for a truly worthwhile cause, and we enjoyed the team bonding and camaraderie that came with it,” Mr Robbins said

“To have raised such a huge amount means we will really make a difference for veterans and their families,” Mr Robbins added.  

Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said he has been astonished by the outstanding efforts of the BGIS team.

“It has been fantastic to see a veteran supportive organisation getting out there and walking the walk against veteran suicide,” Mr Slavich said.

“Every dollar raised by the BGIS team will go directly to the services that Soldier On provides to our nation’s current and ex-service personnel and their families. With their help, and the help of all those who donated to the March On campaign, we will be putting on more Psychologists, more Counsellors, and offering more social connections services to help prevent veteran suicide” Mr Slavich added.