The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge is an initiative by Soldier On to raise much needed funds for the wounded ex-servicemen and women who have bravely served our country with distinction and honour.
Two recovering wounded soldiers, Corporal Seamus Donaghue of Brisbane and Private Heath Jamieson of Sydney, have set off on the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge.
The pair will join His Royal Highness Prince Harry and 10 other wounded soldiers from the USA, UK and Canada in a race to the geographic South Pole.
Their participation in this event is only possible through the support of Soldier On.
At the end of day three (December 5), Soldier On is 800 metres ahead of Team USA but 3600 metres behind Team UK. On day three, the boys covered 24.7km, compared to 22.9 for the UK and 20.8 for the USA.
The Raiders players want to support Heath, Seamus and Soldier On by using our pre-season training to help raise funds and awareness so that Soldier On can help and inspire more wounded.
Fensom, Kennedy and Tisle have created fundraising accounts at http://www.SouthPole.Letsfundraise.com.au and ask for you to get behind this worthy challenge by either sponsoring the players or by doing a challenge of their own.
The distance to the South Pole is 335kms across the coldest, windiest and driest place on earth. The Raiders aim is to track on-field training distances against the South Pole course.
After the second week of pre-season, the players have recorded distances of:
Shaun Fensom 12,822 metres
Jarrad Kennedy 13,608 metres
Dane Tilse 13,680 metres
In total, the Canberra Raiders team is 29% of the way to the South Pole.
I was fairly proud of myself to have beaten both Shaun and Jarrad in this weeks GPS recordings but it is still nowhere near the distance that Heath and Seamus have covered, Tilse said.
To cover that distance in such treacherous conditions whilst recovering from injuries is so inspirational. It just blows your mind the amount of courage theyre showing and the best thing about it is that theyre doing it for such a worthwhile cause.
The sacrifices that Heath, Seamus and other servicemen and women make is what enables us to lead such enjoyable lives so we as a club are more than happy to be able to assist in raising funds for them when they return injured from duty.
Weve got a long way to go distance wise but hopefully our efforts are raising awareness for Soldier On and will result in raising some valuable funds for the wounded soldiers that are returning from their service.
Id encourage all Raiders fans to donate generously to this worthwhile cause.
The Raiders team page can be found HERE.