Riding for defence families

Perth man Glenn Swift stopped by Kimba last month as part of a solo ride across Australia to raise awareness and money for The Younger Heroes, an organisation dedicated to reconnecting the families of Australia’s armed services personnel.

He said his 21-day, 4000 kilometre trip would assist with a program which is ran with psychologists and takes families to remote locations to reinvigorate the family bond.

“I was made aware through work colleagues and my personal network of friends about the issues going on with returned servicemen and servicewomen, in terms of the legacy from that service,” he said.

“The issues relate to family and separation where children have grown up and don’t know what mum or dad went through and they don’t know what the child had gone through while away.”

Mr Swift said as a father working within the mining industry he had an idea of the impact separation could have.

“Being from the mining industry which suffers from fly-in, fly-out working I can see the impact it has, so imagine the impact on defence force families where the separation is longer and conditions are tougher.”

Mr Swift said the highlight had been meeting people along the way, while the most difficult moment came when riding to Penong through a downpour.

More than $20,000 has already been raised but Mr Swift said “the greatest value will be building awareness for The Younger Heroes”.

To donate visit www.theyoungerheroes.org.