The South Sydney Rabbitohs will welcome the Stand Tall for PTS ‘Lightning BOLT Convoy’ to ANZ Stadium for our Round 15 clash against the Parramatta Eels.
The Lightning BOLT Convoy aims to raise awareness for the more than a million Australians that live with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) every day by making a 2322 kilometre journey over 15 days.
The convoy will leave Newcastle on Friday morning for a 156.5km journey to ANZ Stadium. The Convoy will be setting up in our Eastern Precinct and will be selling badges and other merchandise.
Stand Tall 4 PTS Founder and Director, and brainchild of The Lightning Bolt Convoy, Tony Dell, is hoping to break down some of the common misconceptions around the disease and is encouraging those impacted to speak openly about living fulfilling lives with PTSD.
“A common misunderstanding is that PTSD only affects veterans. But in fact, many Australians who live with PTSD are police officers, fire fighters, ambulance officers and hospital staff. PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced trauma, both young and old,” Tony Dell said.
“It’s about time we gave this issue the attention it deserves. The more we talk about PTSD, the more others can better understand the condition and how they can best support people living with it. It really is all about creating understanding and a supportive environment.”
The convoy will comprise Military, Police, Fire Fighter and Paramedic vehicles along with support vehicles and most likely will be joined by Veterans Bikers and interested others. The Lightning BOLT convoy, starting in Brisbane, will travel over 2322 kilometres and involve three major sporting codes.
People are encouraged to visit the Lightning Bolt convoy where they can talk to experts and people living with PTSD as it travels down the east coast of Australia stopping at:
- Brisbane (14 June)
- Tweed Heads (14 June)
- Coffs Harbour (15 June)
- Newcastle (16 June)
- Sydney (17 June)
- Wollongong (18 June)
- Rooty Hill (19 June)
- Goulburn (20 June)
- Canberra (21-22 June)
- Albury (23 June)
- Melbourne (24-25 June)
For more information about PTSD and the Lightning Bolt convoy or to donate, visit www.thelightningbolt.org.au