Long Ride Home from Vietnam ends Sunday – and needs support

This Sunday, 20 November 2016, a one-legged ex-SAS Vietnam veteran will pedal into Sydney at the end of a ‘Long Ride Home’ from Vietnam.

Laurie ‘Truck’ Sams has taken six-months to cover the 10,000km bike ride from Hanoi to Sydney to raise awareness of veteran suicide and PTSD.

And he arrives in Sydney on Sunday – and would love if you were there to cheer him on to the finish line.

Skydivers from the Army’s Nowra-based Red Berets will parachute into Sydney Harbour beside the Opera House at 9am sharp and a traditional Maori warrior’s welcome has been organised by New Zealand military veterans living in Sydney to support his campaign against veteran suicide and PTSD.

A world champion skydiver himself, ‘Truck’ Sams lost his left leg in a parachute accident in 1995 and later received Australia’s Star of Courage medal for rolling over to save his tandem-parachute student.

Mr Sams, now 67 and a PTSD sufferer, will be officially welcomed by a government representative and other dignitaries – and hopefully hundred or even thousands of well-wishers.

Also taking part will be veterans and ex-service organisations from around Australia.

Media and the public are invited to meet ‘Truck’ at the public welcome.

 

WHEN            8.55 Sunday, November 20, 2016

WHERE          Northern Broadwalk, Sydney Opera House

For further information on the Long Ride Home, see www.thelongridehome.com.au

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