A man in the Canadian Armed Forces is on a mission…but not the one you’d expect.
Rather than being deployed to a combat zone, Dayton Pierrepont’s mission is to raise awareness about issues soldiers face, such as PTSD, depression and suicide.
How he’s going to accomplish that objective is through a charity race that gives a person the option of running, completing a team relay race or a ruck, which is a walk with a loaded backpack.
The distances for all three options are 25, 50 and 100 kilometres, although the routes for these challenges haven’t been determined yet.
These activities aren’t for the average joe though, so Pierrepont recommends training right now before registering.
Speaking of signing up, he says if you’re interested in participating or volunteering, you can direct message him on Facebook or on the event Facebook Page called “Pugnare Nocte/Yorkton 25/50/100”.
You can also reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram.
In terms of a fundraising goal, Pierrepont doesn’t have one at this time, whatever is raised is great, but the more important objective is to shed as much light on these issues as possible.
All of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation and Canadian Society for Suicide Prevention.
Pierrepont says this fundraiser is called “Pugnare Nocte” which is Latin for “Battle the Dark”.
He thought this would be the best way to support his fellow comrades.
“I know I’ve worked with quite a few guys that have been deployed overseas and with being deployed overseas you sometimes suffer from PTSD. Figured it would be a great way to support my brothers and sisters through doing this.” Pierrepont said.
He is a Bombardier with the 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 64th battery in Yorkton.
On the event’s Facebook page, he says “None of these races will be easy but that is the point. It is not easy to wake up with depression or PTSD but people still do”