In August 2018 I will be competing in the 'Fire And Ice Ultra Marathon', the toughest multi-terrain race in the world, spanning 250 km through undulating terrain situated in Iceland. I will be representing Australia in Iceland and competing against some of the world's most elite ultra runners.
Whilst training for and competing in this gruelling event I am championing support and raising the awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the exceptional work conducted by Phoenix Australia - The National Centre for Excellence in Post Traumatic Mental Health. My pursuit is to assist in changing the stigma that surrounds mental health, raise the profile of PTSD and to empower those who suffer with the debilitating disorder to seek the support of professionals who can help them recover.
In Australia, there are over 80,000 full time emergency workers who perform a vital role in protecting and providing emergency assistance to other citizens. As a retired front-line Queensland Police Service Officer I am a strong advocate of raising the profile of PTSD, having been exposed to many instances of primary and secondary trauma as part of my employment. An individual with PTSD typically has four main symptoms and areas of difficulty with those being: re-experiencing symptoms; avoidance symptoms; negative cognitions and mood associated with the traumatic event; and arousal symptoms, including insomnia and irritability. No one should suffer with this condition alone - I am racing to raise awareness about trauma and PTSD and let others know that there is help available.
I cannot complete this task without your support. I will not receive funding assistance to train, travel or enter in this event. Funds raised through this platform will help offset the significant preparation costs and will allow me to represent Australia on the world stage and raise the profile of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Please help in making this dream a reality, donate today!