Officers to rack up miles for mental health walk

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton in Mildura in April as part of the Flame of Hope ceremony.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton in Mildura in April as part of the Flame of Hope ceremony.

A TEAM from The Police Association of Victoria will walk 500km from Mildura to Wangaratta in the coming months, to raise at least $500,000 to help retired police officers living with mental health issues.

As part of the first head-to-head fundraising walk, Police Association secretary Wayne Gatt will lead a team from a starting line in Mildura, while Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton will set off with his team from the Mallacoota police station on October 1 before they meet in Wangaratta on October 23.

Funds raised along the way will be go to the Retired Peer Support Officer program which is run by 60 retired police volunteers who assist about 700 mostly former officers experiencing mental health issues.

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