Group of RAAF locals scales Mt Kosciuszko to raise awareness of PTSD

ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Wagga's Lachlan Pagett, Blake Malligan and Brandon McHugh fly flags on top of Mt Kosciuszko at the weekend.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Wagga's Lachlan Pagett, Blake Malligan and Brandon McHugh fly flags on top of Mt Kosciuszko at the weekend.

A DETERMINED band of RAAF locals have struck a blow in the fight against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), scaling the nation’s highest mountain in a symbolic show of strength.

A group of 70 staff and trainees from the RAAF School of Technical Training, based in Wagga, climbed from Thredbo to the summit of Mt Kosciusko on Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of PTSD in the Australian Defence Force and to raise money for Legacy. 

The group of RAAF locals.

The group of RAAF locals.

Inspiration for the climb came from Corporal Andy Summers from the training school, an Iraq veteran, who has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of PTSD and depression.

“This event was using Mt Kosciusko as a metaphor for mental health – facing a mountain that stands before us that we need to overcome,” he said.