THE Shoalhaven community is being urged to get out and support an inspirational soldier who will be in the area on a charity walk this weekend.
Soldier On wounded ambassador Liam Haven will undertake one of the charity’s most impressive feats to date.
Blinded by an IED blast in Iraq, Liam and his faithful guide dog Omen is walking from Sydney to Canberra – a distance of nearly 400km – to raise awareness and funds for Soldier On and Guide Dogs Victoria.
He will be joined by a group of supporters, who will all trek approximately 60km per day.
Liam and Omen will started the walk at Holsworthy Barracks on September 10.
He is scheduled to arrive at the War Memorial in Canberra on Monday, September 23 where he will perform a song he wrote for a mate he lost at war.
He will pass through the Shoalhaven on September 14-15.
He will leave Shellharbour on Saturday, September 14 and will arrive in Berry at around 3pm, finishing at the Anzac Memorial Park in Alexandra Street.
Managing director of Elite Energy Mark Stewart is keen to arrange as much support as possible for Liam during his stay in the Shoalhaven.
“You can come down and meet Liam at the park and it would great to get as many people there to welcome him on arrival to Berry” he said.
“Soldier On merchandise will be available for purchase and we would like to have a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation as a fundraiser at Anzac Memorial Park so join us on Saturday afternoon.”
The following day he will leave Berry at around 8am and tackle the mountains, finishing 37km later at the Twin Falls Bush Cottages at Fitzroy Falls before continuing his journey through Bundanoon, Marulan, Goulburn and eventually onto Canberra.
Liam joined the army as a teenager, and was wounded by an IED explosion in 2008 when a roadside bomb exploded on a routine patrol in Iraq.
The explosion robbed him of most of his sight, having only two per cent of his vision since the blast.
Since returning to Australia, he remains in the Australian Defence Force and is now studying psychology.
He is also a passionate musician, playing guitar and singing in a local Melbourne band, and is one of Soldier On’s wounded ambassadors.
Soldier On supports Australian servicemen and women who have been wounded, physically or psychologically in contemporary conflicts.
Soldier On is about Australians coming together to show their support for the physically and psychologically wounded; we will always have their backs.
They work to enhance recovery, inspire communities and empower Australia’s wounded, giving those who have served their country the dignity they deserve and the chance to do and be whatever they choose.
You can donate to Liam’s cause by visiting onefootforward.gofundraise.com.au.