96 Kms in 30 Days Challenge – Day 1

Total Distance Walked: 9.47km

Soggy Saturday. Day 1 of the Bravery Trust virtual Kokoda Trek 96kms in 30 day challenge, and I had planned to go walking first thing this morning. Unfortunately it bucketed down with really heavy rain.

If I needed any other motivation to get out there in the not so fine weather, than waking up to see this anonymous message and donation certainly strengthened my resolve. I am truly humbled by their words of support.

Unexpected splash of colour to brighten the day

This is why I’m doing the challenge. Not only to raise funds to support veterans who are in need right now, but also to raise awareness for the need to change how career guidance is accessed and delivered for military personnel.

In Australia, now is the time for much needed and urgent change to the delivery and provision of military career guidance. We need a move by the ADF and Ex Services Organisations to understand and embrace the holistic value that the skills and knowledge of qualified professional Career Development Practitioners bring to supporting military personnel and their families.

More Career Development Practitioners whose career intervention tools and strategies that are tailored for the individual client and underpinned by their knowledge of current career development theories and model working with diverse clients, &, who abide the Career Industry Council of Australia (Inc)’s Professional Standards for career development is sorely needed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far xx

I held off until about 12pm when it looked like there was a break in the weather before the gale force winds kicked in this afternoon.

So sweet seeing “Spoonsville families” scattered along the trail I took. Children in the neighbourhood have been busy decorating gardens during lockdown.

After being restricted to Melbourne’s 5km radius and only allowed 1 – 2 hrs a day outside, it was such a wonderful but surreal to go for an extended walk. It was lovely spotting the black swans and their cygnets in the lake and walking to the start of the coastal trail, where I was able to view the Melbourne skyline.

One of the black Swan cygnets who have taken up residence in the local lake

Have a lovely and safe Saturday and weekend 🙂

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