Tony’s Trek is a walk of over 1,400 kms to be undertaken by the Chairman of the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF), Tony Pearce. Tony will walk through many of the areas of Victoria that were afflicted by fires and other disasters over the last two years, commencing on September 28. The aim is to raise interest and funding for the programs that target support across Victoria for the ESF. Their objective is to initiate innovative preventative and educational programs to sustain the mental wellbeing of 100,000 + volunteers through the traumas they experienced in responding to emergencies across our communities.
 
Starting in Melbourne, Tony will walk to Mallacoota then head north over the Alpine Range to Wodonga and back to Melbourne, travelling through areas affected by Victoria’s 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires. He will be acknowledging the mental health impacts that those fires had, and continue to have, on emergency workers.  This will be a  journey of 1440km over 54 days.  The walk will aim to raise funds to enable ESF to deliver two important pioneering programs to help prevent the incidence and impact of mental health conditions for people sector wide.
 
Districts 9800, 9810 and 9820 are coordinating activities. For more information https://esf.com.au/tonys-trek/
 
Tony's itinerary can be viewed and printed here: https://esf.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/TT-PDF.pdf