How do you mark a milestone birthday? Throw a big party and invite all your friends? Take an overseas holiday to an exotic location?
Not Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Peter Sheehy, who marks 42 years of service and celebrates his 60th birthday this year.
Far from slowing down, the Regimental Sergeant Major 2nd/17th Battalion, the Royal New South Wales Regiment, “ramped it up” by pack marching 60km to raise funds for the veteran support organisation Soldier On.
On November 27, WO1 Sheehy donned body armour, collected his 40kg pack and undertook what he dubbed “60 at 60 for soldiers”.
WO1 Sheehy said a combination of factors inspired him to set the challenge for himself.
“The last time I marched 60 kilometres I was a 23-year-old soldier posted to the1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR),” he said.
“This time I’m inspired by the nostalgia of my 1RAR days and two Army people – the legendary Jimmy Hoile, who ran 60 kilometres for his 60th birthday, and an old friend Eva Clarke, who has a world record for the fastest marathon with 40 kilos on her back.
“I’m combining these two inspiring people’s efforts by pack marching 60 kilometres with 40kg.
“I’d love it if people would make a donation to Soldier On so that our current serving and ex-serving personnel and their families can receive vital support services to enable them to thrive,” he said.
To find out more about the RSM 2/17 RNSWR fundraiser “60 at 60 for soldiers”, including how to make a donation, go to Soldier On – 60 at 60 for Soldiers