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Raising stammering awareness

On 5 May 17 around 70 military personnel in the Falklands from across all three services took part in a charity event called The Big 15 to help raise stammering awareness in the military.

The event, organised by Sgt Ottih, 6 Regiment RLC, consisted of a 15km run undertaken while carrying 15kg of weight.

Sgt Ottih is a passionate campaigner for stammering awareness and wanted to do something to further the cause whilst deployed in the Falklands.

He said: “The 15kg symbolises the burden people with a stammer carry in their mind daily when they want to communicate.”

The turnout and support was very impressive, with not only 70 military personnel taking part in the event, but also over 30 Children from Mount Pleasant School braving the weather to join the participants for the final 300 metres.

“The event was a huge success and all the participants were excited to be part of this course despite the unfriendly weather conditions,” said Sgt Ottih.

The event raised £700 which was split equally between the British Stammering Association and the Defence Stammering Network.

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