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Victor Harbor Fundraising Success for PTSD Support Dogs

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The Victor Harbor RSL has hailed their October fundraising events a success.

The Victor Harbor RSL Sub-Branch hosted its second Walk for PTSD on Saturday 24 October, with members and their assistance dogs of the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) SA, first responders (Police, Ambulance, Fire & SES), and members of the general public.

Despite the inclement weather, many people turned up for the 2.8km walk  and BBQ.

The following weekend, the RSL held its Army Band & Dinner PTSD Fundraiser at the Roo's Club on Saturday 31 October.

Vice President and Acting Secretary of the Victor Harbor RSL Sub-Branch, Glenn Bickley, has thanked all involved for their support and generosity.

"Both events were a great success, and I can report that we raised $6,500 for the RSB Operation K9 Program which breeds, trains and supplies support dogs for veteran’s suffering from PTSD," Glenn Bickley said.

If South Australian can contain the latest COVID-19 outbreak soon, the RSL is aiming to present the cheque to the RSB at their December 4 Christmas Dinner.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a group of stress reactions that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a traumatic event, such as death, serious injury or sexual violence. People who have served in wars and who serve the public as first responders can be susceptible to PTSD.

Open Arms Counselling is available for veterans on 1800 011 046. 
The Plympton Veterans Centre is contactable on 8371 4008.
 
Photo of K9 dog RSB, supplied