Big hearts key as 1RAR team joins Oxfam charity challenge
IT WILL be mind over matter for soldiers from the 1st Battalion this month when they represent Australia in the annual United Kingdom Trailwalker challenge.
Two riflemen, a mortar man and a mechanic from 1RAR have been chosen to participate in the two- day event, following an official invitation by the Commandant of the Queen’s Gurkha Signals.
The event will take place over the period of July 25 to 26 and entails over 450 four- person teams which have to cover 100km on foot within 30 hours over the South Downs between Portsmouth and Brighton.
The event will mark the 200th anniversary of the Brigade of Gurkhas’ service to the Crown and commemorate the Anzac Centenary with funds raised to go towards the support of current and exserving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
This is needed even more today after the earthquakes in Nepal last month with funds also to go to Oxfam and their worldwide efforts in offeri port to those in need.
Officer in charge of the delegation, C David Mitchell said the team of four would companied by two support staff which woul them at the nine check points, providing wa food if required.
“The team was selected quite late so at t ment we’re now week two of training,” he sa
“So far we’ve done a 25km walk from Mt … there’s also been some weight training in swimming involved, stretching.
“The guys are a bit concerned about the d but with the training they are doing, that sho them up to achieve that.
“It’ll be mind over matter for them. They there as a team so they will be pushing eac along and they know it’s for charity and th something they will probably never get the to do again.”
DAUNTING TASK: Pte Scott Stacey will lead Pte Vitale Johnston, Pte Jason Deacon- Shaw and Pte Sean Doherty in the Trailwalker challenge, where they will have to cover 100km in 30 hours.