Charity Founders:
Andy & Zoe Cullen

Andy is a veteran of 17 years service in the Australian Army. Retiring as a Major in 2012 having served 6 years as a soldier in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and later as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) focusing much of his career in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He was awarded the COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE for operations in Afghanistan.

Zoe grew up in the tranquil hills of Byron Bay living in a mud brick home built by her parents. Zoe has a passion for life, family, travel and after university married into the Army, her own career taking a back seat to Andy’s life as a Military Officer.

Andy was diagnosed with PTSD following multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Zoe was forced into the position of sole parent of their four young children. Andy’s condition worsened while he battled with a loss of identity and purpose following his retirement from the Army. He eventually ended up in a mental hospital falling into a dark depression that very nearly cost him his life, leaving Zoe to pick up the pieces of the broken family.

Together they fought their way through the many challenges that living with PTSD brings.

MEET OUR PATRON JIM WALLACE

MR. JJ A WALLACE AM

Jim Wallace is the Chairman of the Australian Christian Lobby, one of Australia’s fastest growing political organisations, which aims to see Christian values better acknowledged in the way we are governed, do business and relate as a community. Jim previously spent 32 years in the Army reaching the rank of Brigadier General and with his commands including: the Special Air Service Regiment (88 – 90), the Special Forces (93 -95) and the Army’s 1 st Brigade. (97-98) He is a graduate of Duntroon, The British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. He served with UNTSO on the Golan Heights and in Lebanon throughout 1980. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism.

On leaving the Army he was a sought after commentator on Defence issues including regularly on 7.30 Report and Lateline and with many Op Eds in the major papers including the Age and Australian. He is also published on strategy by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Lon).

He was a Government appointee to the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2003 until 2010, and was also appointed by Government to the National Committee for International Security Issues. He is a co-founder of the Australian Christian Lobby and was its initial Executive Chairman and then Managing Director between Oct 2000 and May 2013, and is currently also the Chairman of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute.

Jim worships with his family at the Hughes Baptist Church in Canberra.

MEET OUR NEWEST AMBASSADOR 

WAYNE McMURTRIE – ULTRA-RUNNER

An ADF Veteran with 17 years service, Wayne is an accomplished Ultra-Marathoner, Entrepreneur and Advocate for Veterans Health. 

 
Having been diagnosed with PTSD in 2009 after multiple deployments on active service, Wayne initially coped well, throwing himself in work and hobbies and living an active life. In 2015 after forced redundancy he relapsed suffered a major breakdown becoming isolated and withdrawn and became progressively anti-social, taking impulsive actions and engaging in risky behaviours. 
 
It was during this time that Wayne began running as a coping mechanism and soon found the structure and routine of training gave him the purpose and drive that he had been unconsciously searching for.
 
Ultra-Marathons became a way of life, the unique challenges each event presented was an opportunity to discover more about himself as he pushed his body and mind beyond breaking point.
 
The community, passion and  purpose served as a process for re-connection and integration with family and friends. In 2018 Wayne set off on a 1500km over 22 days, running from Brisbane to Winton to tell a Veterans story of finding resilience on the journey home from war, he successfully raised funds to support PTSD Resurrected in the important work we do as a charity.
 
We welcome Wayne to the PTSD Resurrected family as an ambassador helping to raise awareness, hope and healing to individuals and families in need.

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS FOR PTSD RESURRECTED INC

 “PTSD RESURRECTED is just one such cause – providing life change and Purpose to Warriors and First Responders throughout our nation with a by product of portable water for areas in genuine need Globally. As such Geoff and Sarah are proud to be associated with Andy and Zoe Cullen and the Charity itself. We put our shoulder to the wheel and want to ensure change is affected in lives all over this great nation of ours.” – Dr Geoff Wilson (Adventurer & Motivator)

Dr Geoff Wilson

A leading Australian Polar Adventurer, committed to the exploration of human endurance and the development of learnt resilience. Geoff has a particular fascination with desert travel, using wind power for traction and travel, and the Explorers of the age of exploration. 

Geoff’s journeys have led him to the harshest places on the planet and he has set several records in the process including…
 
  • The Fastest crossing and only Australian crossing of Greenland South to North – 2017 18 days 2140 km
  • The Fastest crossing of the Antarctic Continent – Coast to coast via the South Pole Solo, Unsupported – 2013/14 53 days 3428 km.
  • The Longest Solo Polar Journey in Australian Polar History – 2013/2014. 
  • The First crossing of the Infamous Torres Strait by Kite – 2011
  • The only successful crossing of the Sahara Desert using wind power alone – 2009
Geoff is also a dedicated family man, Veterinary Entrepreneur and is passionate about stimulating Australian Men and Women to live a life of purpose, belief, and balance. 
 
Two very simple mantras resonate throughout all of Geoff’s Expeditions, Businesses and Family Life. 
 
DREAM BIG and PLAN WELL, and at all times BE ALL IN or NOT AT ALL. 
 
Geoff is currently in Expedition Preparation and Training for the toughest journey of his life so far – THE LONGEST JOURNEY. An attempt to set the record for the longest solo unsupported Polar Journey in human history including the first ascent of Dome Argus in Antarctica. 
 
Geoff has absolutely squeezed every drop out of life so far and is set to continue to be at the forefront of Australian Professional Adventuring for some time to come. 

Sarah Wilson

An adventurer herself, Sarah has played a leading logistics and support role in all the adventures so far. In her own right however she been in the thick of many challenging adventures herself, including long sail journeys (13,000 nautical miles in a 52 foot sailboat), circumnavigations of Lombok, Sumatra, and a 10,000 kilometre TransAfrica Landrover Odyssey to name a few.

Sarah has braved Cyclones at sea, climbed live volcanoes, survived attacks by pirates and at times been in true fear of losing all she has held dear. Throughout it all Sarah has managed to be the rock that holds the Wilson Family together. With a passion for food and provision each and every 5th Element Expedition has high morale connected to Sarahs incredible skill at provisioning journeys the globe over. With an intense understanding of what makes driven mend women seek to explore, seek to climb higher, seek to push further, seek to stay out longer than those before them Sarah brings her intense wisdom and support into play at least once on each of Geoff’s Expeditions. Often providing the strength and wisdom Geoff needs to surmount some blockade or impossible task via calm assurance or intense talk down via satellite phone to some far off lonely place. 

 
Sarah’s greatest strength is her sixth sense and intense faith. In the early days Geoff ignored this super power to his detriment. With the benefit of age and some small amount of wisdom, Sarah sage like advice never goes unheeded now – no journey begins without Sarah’s sixth sense being consulted. Sarah is a powerful communicator, champion of women, passionate life advocate and manages to juggle family (Jade, Java, Kitale), veterinary business and the running of the Wilson Farm on the Gold Coast with it many banged up and rehomed creatures within it. In keeping with Geoff and Sarah’s drive for a life of purpose, they never embark on a journey unless it is attached a cause they are passionate about and believe in personally.