Michael joined the Royal Air Force 1990 in logistics and reached the Rank of Corporal. In 2005, whilst his Bother was serving in the Royal Marines, he took his own life. After this happened and due to mental health concerns, he was medically discharged from the RAF in 2007.
Utilising the resettlement grant from the RAF he retrained to be a property inspector. In 2011 he joined Origin Energy where he still works today as a sales manager.
Michael felt he could use his experiences and story to raise awareness of mental health issues. He did this by walking from Adelaide to Melbourne, raising nearly $60,000 and “Walk for Wardy” was born.
Supporting Soldier On and raising money for Mind Blank, Michael continues to share his experience and raise funds for veterans and wants to raise awareness of the mental health issues experienced by veterans and their families by walking for Soldier On.