Gold Coast soldier on a trek to help out his mates



A Gold Coast soldier is on a very important mission, remembering the 41 lives lost in Afghanistan.


Malcolm Cockburn is part of the Walking Wounded support group, for ex servicemen and women.

The program aims to raise money a minimum of $2 million to help with the psychological recovery of returned soldiers.

Funds raised will help with things like suicide prevention and intervention, counselling, employment guidance and job placement.

The group was handed the Roll of Honour from Afghanistan by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Remembrance Day 2014.

It will be returned to the Australian War Memorial on the eve of Remembrance Day 2015.

Mr Cockburn said they hit a bit of a stumbling block during Phase one of four in Nepal.

He said they carried the Roll of Honour to Everest base camp in April “where CEO of Walking Wounded was to ascend to the top of Everest but however due to the unfortunate earthquake over there that had to be ceased”.

Then the group returned to Australia.  Starting at the very tip of Australia they are running and walking 65 kilometres a day all the way down to the bottom of Tasmania.

Mr Cockburn said they planned to kayak across Bass Strait.

The next stage of their adventure will take them to the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in September.

And their final mission will be to tackle the highest freestanding mountain in the world.  They will travel to Africa where they will attempt to carry the Roll of Honour up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Their journey should wrap up in October.


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