On Saturday March 24 2018, the Sons of the Sothern Cross (SOTSC) Adelaide held their inaugural motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funds for research into Post-Traumatic Stress through The Road Home.
Post-Traumatic Stress is an injury of service our veterans and emergency service personnel silently battle every day, and SOTSC Member Matthew “Tank” Bouveng explains many of their group have seen the devastating effects the silent injury can have on a person.
“We decided to raise money for The Road Home through this ride as Post-Traumatic Stress is very close to all our members hearts,” Matthew said.
Over 150 riders and supporters came along to support and participate in the ride, all donating funds to The Road Home. The group left from the Roseworthy Hotel and enjoyed some stops along the way, finishing up at Veterans MC South Australian Chapter, another motorcycle club comprised of veterans from the Australian Defence Force.
“If it wasn’t for our military services and the pain and suffering they endured we wouldn’t be able to do what we do in this beautiful country we call home,” Matthew explained.
Matthew and the group raised an incredible $2500 that will go towards supporting our servicemen and women through research and wellbeing activities.
“We hope to continue the Awareness Ride for Post-Traumatic Stress next year and raise even more funds for our veterans and emergency service personnel,” Matthew said.
“It is our way of saying thank you for their sacrifice.”
Chief Executive Paul Flynn is grateful for people like Matthew who are dedicated to raising funds to help our veterans and emergency service personnel.
“Thank you to the Sons of the Southern Cross for their inaugural Awareness Ride for Post-Traumatic Stress. Their efforts in raising funds towards the wellbeing of our veterans and emergency service personnel will go directly towards helping those who suffer from this silent injury,” Mr Flynn said.
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