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Here's what happened

Chief Commissioner of Police (CCP) Graham Ashton and TPAV Secretary Mr Wayne Gatt have now finished their walk together to support police mental health.

They walked from opposite sides of Victoria in the Head to Head Fundraising covering a combined 1,000kms on foot. Both men set off on 1 October 2018, with CCP. Ashton commencing in Mallacoota and Mr Gatt, who led his team from Mildura.

Over three weeks they walked the roads with a range of co-walkers from Victoria Police, TPAV and the community, meeting ‘head to head’ in Wangaratta. Along the way they visited police stations and participated in events with local communities to help broaden awareness and raise much-needed funds to support police veterans affected by mental health issues. Check out the map to see how far they travelled.

The Walk

From the 1st of October to the 23rd of October 2018, Graham and Wayne walked the roads with co-walkers and met ‘head to head’ in Wangaratta.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and TPAV, Mr Wayne Gatt came together from opposite sides of Victoria, covering a combined 1,000km on foot to raise awareness of this important issue, as well as much needed funding for former members who are unable to access the same level of support as those still serving with Victoria Police.

Why this cause?

The ‘job’ of a police officer is a lifelong career for many, built on endurance, strength and comes with an expectation of coping. This means the task of asking for help does not come easily. Police Officers are proud and strong and need of our support.

Your contribution will go directly to the Victoria Police Mental Health Fund which will support the vital volunteer services provided by the Retired Peer Support Officer (RPSO) program who support our former police officers during tough times.

A bit about the initiative

The RPSO program was launched to support retired police living with mental health issues tied to their experiences in the job. A dedicated team of former police volunteer their own time and money to support over 700 members experiencing mental health issues.

The programs philosophy is based on on the belief that individuals who have shared life experiences can better relate to other people trying to deal with mental health issues.

Funds raised from Head to Head go towards:

  • Helping the volunteers provide  support to those who are registered with the RPSO program.
  • Training and professional development for volunteers.

Money raised

The funds raised through the walk will be used in direct support of the Victoria Police Provident Fund’s new Mental Health Fund and will focus on supporting the vital volunteer service provided by the RPSO program. More information can be found at retiredpeersupport.com.au.

The longer term focus is to provide additional support and access to services, that will complement the RPSO program such as a dedicated inpatient mental health facility and benefits card to improve access for former members to a wide range of health care.

Make a contribution

You can contribute to ensure Head to Head is a success in both raising awareness and reaching our initial $500,000 target in funding. Show your support.

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1 - 23 October 2018