Noel Fraser

My chosen distance target: 192km.

My Activity Tracking

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214km

Goal to Kokoda

96km

You’ve conquered Kokoda!

I'm fundraising to support the mental health of our returned Veterans

This March, I am walking 96kms to support Soldier On's lifesaving mental health services and to honour our brave transitioned Australian Defence Members.  

And then I’m going to double that distance.

Why 96kms, twice?   The 96km length of the Kokoda Track may be around symbolising the courage and sacrifice of our service members, but to me we are far too good at sending our young people out to conflict zones and forgetting  there’s a lot more work to bring them back, which we’ve done poorly. 

Doing the extra 96kms is about bringing everyone back home again, into the arms of their loved ones and in one piece, not just physically but more importantly mentally.

Please March On with me and support my challenge, and together we can save lives.

The overall aim of this challenge is to raise funds in order to give a safe and supportive space to Veterans and an important first step in gaining the help they need.

Thanks so much for your support and wish me luck!

My Achievements

I added a profile pic

Made a personal donation to my page

Shared my page on my social media

I received my first donation

$75 to fund a peer support session for six veterans to reconnect with their community

$160 to fund a psychology session to help a veteran on the path to recovery

$500 to fund a Pathways networking event for 25 veterans to help them secure employment

I reached my fundraising target!

I have completed 34.8km and reached Menari in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 63km and reached Templeton's Crossing in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 72km and reached Eora Creek in the Kokoda track!

I have completed 96km, the length of the Kokoda Track!

My Updates

Day 2

Wednesday 3rd Mar
There have been at least 500 veteran suicides in Australia since the start of the Afghanistan war — a number that dwarfs the number of lives lost on the battlefield, at 41.

Day 2 of my walking challenge, starting early again around 5am and covering a little over 12km. 

Thought I would include a picture of the turnaround point of today’s walk, taken when there was sunlight, unlike the whole trip this morning! The walk is on Linear Park in Adelaide, a truly wonderful resource for the locals.

I don’t think we realise how lucky we are to have all our freedoms built on the back of our Service People (of all persuasions).

March On underway

Monday 1st Mar
'We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.'   
John McCrae 'In Flanders Fields'

On the track before dawn this morning for 'March On'.  

Why do this? (a personal perspective)

Tuesday 26th Jan

In short, I’m doing this for similar reasons for participating in or seeking out the ANZAC Day Dawn Service every year for the past 46 years, whether that be here in Australia or overseas...wherever I might be on 25th April. 

I attend the Dawn Service because I figure it’s the least we should be doing to commemorate and remember the senseless loss and irreparable damage to life, family and to the wider society over all wars.

While each of us has our life struggles they may very likely be inconsequential compared to our returning service people who have to manage life and death situations throughout their tour/s and then come home and deal with those anxieties and intensity of feelings and trauma…perhaps for the rest of their lives. 

Sadly, some cannot see a way out. 

This is why the ‘Soldier On’ cause is so important and why I’m asking please if you can support in whatever small way you can.  

What $4,000 can do for veterans

Saturday 23rd Jan
Dear relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and downright nice people, if we can raise this amount between us:

$4,000 can fund 8 Pathways networking events that could benefit up to 200 veterans the chance to meet with prospective employers and gain some valuable workplace coaching; or

$4,000 can fund 25 psychology sessions to help a veteran on the path to recovery ; or

$4,000 can fund around >100 veterans peer support sessions.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$515

Craig And Kerry Swan

You are a good man Noel 👍

$515

Kathryn House

All the best Noel. Happy to support Soldier On and its work to support our transitioned ADF members and mental health services.

$208.80

Tectonic Tiling

Well done Noel, keep up the good work..!

$119

Leon Resarf

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$104.40

Colin Haynes & Family

Great cause!

$104.40

Colin Duff

good luck Noel I hope this helps

$104.40

Gillian Mercer

Best of luck Noel!

$104.40

Helen Christie

$100

Erin & Graham Holt

Good on you Noel ❤️🌟❤️

$52.20

Bernadette Lonergan

Great cause to support Noel. Best wishes on reaching your goal.

$52.20

Paul Caskey

$52.20

Mark Leverington

Great effort Noel for a very worthy cause, good luck with it!

$52.20

Lynette

Noel you are a gem.

$52.20

Jayne Burnside

Good luck on your walk

$52.20

Jennifer Dyster

Good on you. A vital cause and one shamefully neglected by the Government

$52.20

Geoffrey Waters

Good luck

$52.20

Paul & Craig

Go for it Noel!

$52.20

D Edwards

Go Noel!!

$50

Tina Mckenzie

$50

James Linke

Well done Noel!

$50

Noel Fraser

$38.63

Phyllis Fraser

Good luck!

$38.63

Kathryn Eaton

Great effort Noel!

$38.63

Sharni Fraser

Good luck !

$37

Noel Fraser

final push on the last day to fund a peer support session for another 3 veterans.

$26.10

Gayle Medhurst

Good luck in reaching your target Noel. Very worthy cause.

$26.10

Mike Spinks

Great cause Noel !, keep going mate

$25

Ganesh Ubarle Krishnayya

$25

Debra Mcdowell

A very worthy cause. Good Luck Noel.

$24.01

John Calleja

Great cause and all the best Noel.

$20.88

Michele Hughes

Good luck Noel!

$20.88

Martin Krahge

$20

Samantha Sturm

Well done Noel - legendary effort!

$10.44

Lauren Strybos

Our Team

Nicole Hunnisett (C)

Raised so far:

$178.53

Team "Walk the Line"

Raised so far:

$1,133.64

Team LIF 78WG

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$1,021.52

Alison Allen

Travis Naughton

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$633.54

Becky Wadrop

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$204.40

Ruby Kaur

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$91.76

Angelique Willow

Mel OBrien

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$202.27

Leigh Hillier

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$339.30

Matthew Double

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$522.27

Matt McFarland

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$594.20

Atlanta McGovern

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$51.16

Keith Gentle

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$566.55

Noel Fraser

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$2,846.50

Zane Duce

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$9,643.82

Rachel Gough

Karen Brown

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$408.21

Wendy Bourke

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$932.35

Janelle Fawkes

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$73.08

Team Export Controls

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$293.03

Alice Lindner

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$268.80

Sherise Scicluna

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$111.71

Hayley Thompson-Hill

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$59.51

Gail Spark

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$370.23

Zac Barnard

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$50.00

Sonia Raje

Claire Berry

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$103.96

Jessi Roberts

Sarah Wooster

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$597.55

Cate

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$502.00

Craig Simms

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$1,211.82

Cameron Wilkinson

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$716.89

Harrison Vince

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$69.95

Daniel Hannon

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$750.05

Brent Sutherland

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$203.08

Angela Wiggins

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$1,442.82

Luke Radcliffe

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$206.72

Marcus Trainor

Raised so far:

$78.30

Christina Mathewson

Raised so far:

$114.40

Nicholas Anderson Qiu

Raised so far:

$438.39

Ed Cox

Raised so far:

$341.87

GABBY COSTIGAN

Raised so far:

$104.40

Michael Jucha

Raised so far:

$142.59