Australia is about to be introduced to its very own World War II fund-raising walking legend – in the sprightly form of Sergeant Bert.
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Bert Le-Merton is scheduled to start a significant walking challenge to raise funds for Soldier On – the contemporary-veterans’ charity.
Before he even officially starts, however, Sergeant Bert has already passed the half-way mark on his $10,000 fundraising goal!
Officially starting tomorrow on VP Day 2020 – the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II – Bert is aiming to walk 96km – the length of the Kokoda Track – before the end of March next year.
After leading men in battle in both north Africa and the Western Pacific, Sergeant Bert is again leading by example as Patron of Soldier On’s March On campaign.
March On is Soldier On’s new and most significant annual fundraising initiative, designed to raise much-needed funds to provide vital support services to enable modern-day veterans and their families to thrive.
While comparisons will undoubtedly be made to the UK’s Captain Tom, Sergeant Bert is our very own, fair-dinkum walking legend, aiming to clock up 1000m a day – no mean feat for a 101-year-old.
“If I can do it, you can too – so get up off your saddle and March On with me to support our veterans,” Sergeant Bert commanded in a video interview to be aired in coming days.
And who are we to shirk?
Seriously though, this man deserves our support – as does Soldier On.
To donate to Sergeant Bert’s tally (which is rocketing towards his goal before he even starts), visit this page.
To ‘get off your saddle’ and try to catch up with Sergeant Bert, register for your own fund-raising walk here.
Or, for heaps more news on our very own Aussie walking centenarian, stay tuned to CONTACT – we’re 100% behind this legend.