AYB RUNNERS SUPPORT

AYB Runners are the proud supporters and an official ambassador for the Fighting PTSD VicPol campaign
in order to help raise awareness and funds for PTSD and mental health issues within the Victoria Police
Force.


The campaign was set up in 2016 by Glenn, a Victorian Police member himself. He has seen first hand
how the job affects many VicPol members and their family through stress, and even worse, suicide, and
he wanted to do what he could to help.

And so he set up the Fighting PTSD VicPol campaign, got his fitness gear on and starting raising funds via
running and triathlon events. His aim was to raise over $30,000 towards hospital engagement and to
create a much needed specialised emergency services PTSD clinic. Over the course of the past couple of
years Glenn, and his growing band of supporters, have raised beyond that amount, working with
The Blue Ribbon Foundation. And this year he has plans to increase that figure even further!

On a personal note I too have seen how PTSD can affect family. I have a close family member suffering from PTSD and it affects not just himself but the entire family as well. And it is at times devastating. Heart-breakingly so.

However, I am also proud to be able to say that we have several members of the Victorian Police in our running group and I know how hard they work to keep us safe. And now it is our turn to help protect the protectors.

So, in support of this great cause you will see a lot more posts from me about this and my aim is to help raise another $5000 for the campaign. We will be supporting the campaign (#fightingptsdvicpol), raising awareness on the AYB Facebook pages, entering running events and raising funds for the campaign. I will also be putting on specific events at AYB to raise funds further.

Most importantly, I hope that what we are all doing helps increase awareness of this important issue.
No one should feel like they are alone an can't ask for help. It's not always as simple as that but if we can
reach out in even the smallest way to those who are protencitng us then hopefully we can helpmake a
difference in their lives too.

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/aybrunners
(our brand new sparkly fundraising page!)

www.protectingtheprotectors.com

#fightingptsdvicpol


This year on our running calendar AYB Runners will be participating in a number of events and I am honoured to have been invited by Glenn to help co-host several of them for the campaign. So, I hope you will help me help make a difference.

Sunday 7th April: Run for the Kids
Sunday 5th May: Puffing Billy Great Train Race
Sunday 28th July: Run Melbourne
Sunday 13th October: Melbourne Marathon


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