Pieter takes on historic ‘Coo-ee March’ in batyr fundraising effort

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‘Coo-ee!’ Pieter takes on historic 33-day trek to raise money for batyr

March 14, 2021

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Wow! One of batyr’s long-time supporters, Pieter Lindhout, is getting ready to take on a 33-day walk from Gilgandra to Sydney in a huge effort to raise money for batyr.

Pieter will depart Gilgandra in western NSW on 22 March and arrive in Martin Place, Sydney for the ANZAC Day dawn service in a whopping 520km trek, a recreation of the famous ‘Coo-ee March’ from 10 October 1915, at the beginning of World War I. 

The 1915 march saw 25 young men depart Gilgrandra in western NSW and pick up hundreds of men on their way to Sydney, traveling through 29 towns. By the time the group arrived, they numbered 263, all ready to enlist in the fight. Less recognised is the way in which many of these young men returned from war with scars both physical and mental, assuming they returned at all.

“A couple of years ago, I wrote a book set around World War I and it featured the amazing sacrifices of my great uncles Jack and Will Jensen, and Sydney Campbell, who fought at Gallipoli and the Western Front and returned home with debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” said Pieter, who is the director of the Australian Society for Progress and Wellbeing and the former CEO Life at Suncorp.

“This was a crippling condition which nearly defined their post war lives.”

While he was heartened by how far Australia had come in the last 100 years to support those in our community experiencing PTSD, Pieter said he wanted to help address youth suicide by raising more awareness about mental health and to reduce the stigma surrounding it.

With a goal to raise $10,000, Pieter said he was drawn to batyr’s focus on mental health education, and promoting prevention and early intervention when it came to mental ill-health and achieving better mental health outcomes.

“If you are able to support, your donation will go a long way and help batyr reach more young Australians through their amazing and engaging programs, that smash the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and empower young people to reach out for support,” he said.

Thank you Pieter and best of luck with your trek!

Donate to Pieter’s ‘Coo-ee’ walk today and help batyr continue to reach more young people.