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William ‘Will’ Burnett served in the RAAF for ten years in logistics and ended his career as a well-established physical training Instructor. After his discharge, on his return from the Middle East, his mental health declined and he struggled through the clinical health system.

Along with physical conditions, Burnett suffered from depression, anxiety and PTSD. He was told by the physician that by 35 he would more than likely be in a wheelchair. 

Burnett says he connected with Survive to Thrive Nation (STTN) and ‘was inspired by the thousands of veterans who not only recovered through their evidence-based personal development program. Many are becoming coaches and mentors across Australia for other veterans.

A 4,500km journey

Will Burnett earlier in the week crossing the The Great Divide. Photo Instagram.

With the aim of helping other veterans, on 7 September 2022, William stepped off on a 4,500km journey, running from Margaret River, WA to Byron Bay to raise money for STTN. He is running, on average, 56km a day for a total of 81 days. At this point, William has broken one Guinness World Record. 

Burnett plans on completing a 24-hour run on the 25/26 of November before arriving into Byron on 27 November to hit the finish line at around 11am at Wategos Beach.

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