Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer left the detachment Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. to walk the Okanagan Rail Trail between Vernon and Lake Country four consecutive times to raise awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and funds for a PTSD service dog. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Okanagan mountie begins rail trail fundraiser

Vernon RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer walking Okanagan Rail Trail four times to raise PTSD awareness, funds

He left with little fanfare. Backpack fully loaded, water bottle at the ready.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Sgt. Rob Farrer came out of the detachment shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, fully prepared to tackle the Okanagan Rail Trail between Vernon and Lake Country four times on-foot to raise awareness and funds for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and occupational stress injuries in policing.

“There’s a huge number, about double that of the general population,” said Farrer. “I think we need to do more to just raise awareness in one part, and then raising funds for a PTSD service dog for someone in need.”

READ MORE: Vernon cop to walk 239 km to fight stigma

Farrer estimates it will take him 60 continuous hours to complete his goal. If successful he will have covered close to 240 kilometres.

Farrer is walking in support of Courageous Companions — a service dog program created by OSI- CAN — which helps emergency responders suffering from long-term OSI, PTSD and other stress-related issues acquire service support dogs to aid in their recovery. Although the costs associated with training OSI service dogs are high ringing in at approximately $25,000.

A GoFundMe campaign for the walk, as of Sunday morning, had raised nearly $5,800 toward a goal of $20,000.


@VernonNews
roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Mailbox thefts in Lake Country

Crime Stoppers is warning Lake Country residents of mailbox thefts

Rotary Club of Kelowna continues to work toward polio-free world

The Rotary Club of Kelowna will host two charity events on Oct. 24 in support of ending polio

Kelowna receives accolades for accessibility and inclusivity

“Receiving this provincial recognition reaffirms that everyone is welcome in Kelowna,” said Mayor

Kelowna council opposes ‘racist’ Quebec secularism bill

The city joins Calgary, Montreal, Victoria, Kitchener and Brampton in condemning the bill

Grizzli Winery throws Halloween family bash

Safe and fun for children attend Grizzli Winery this Halloween

In the news: Liberals eke out a win, but will need NDP, Green support to pass bills

Conservatives say they are ready if Trudeau should falter

Remains found under Kamloops street belong to woman who lived five centuries ago

Woman was between ages of 50 and 59, gave birth at least once, was right-handed

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Greta Thunberg to attend post-election climate strike in Vancouver

Sustainabiliteens Vancouver strike expected to emphasize need for cross-party collaboration

Ballet in Big Apple for Okanagan teen

‘It’s an opportunity of a lifetime’: dance mom

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: SFU prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Security guard bitten, punched by patient at Terrace hospital

Violent incident is one of many in northwest B.C., nurses’ union says

VIDEO: Final trailer for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ debuts

Last instalment in Skywalker saga to hit theatres Dec. 20

Most Read