A group of Georgian College policing students recently walked more than 300 kilometres from Hamilton to Parry Sound to raise money for a retreat that will offer veterans and first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselling services and general respite. The retreat will be built in Northern Ontario.
The group wrapped up their seven-day journey on July 27. They each carried backpacks weighted with bricks that were engraved with the names of 158 fallen Canadian soldiers.
Policing student Jon Aldworth says the trek was tough physically and mentally, but adds they were buoyed by supporters along the way. The group exceeded their $20,000 goal by $5,000 and says coverage from local media played a big part. Below is a small sampling of some of the press the group received:
- Georgian College students taking part in a Ruck to Remember to honour fallen soldiers (Barrie Examiner)
- Honour for Canadian Heroes runs through region (Bracebridge Examiner)
- Road to Recovery trek in Orillia (Bayshore Broadcasting)
- Special journey for Canadian heroes (CTV News Barrie)
You can still donate to the cause. Visit the Ruck to Remember website for details.