Praise Teen for Raising Money for War Veterans

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Target: Liam Tarburn

Goal: Praise teen for goal to raise funds for war veterans

The year 2014 marks 70 years since soldiers overtook Adolf Hitler’s army in Normandy. Liam Tarburn, a 15-year-old cadet from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is committed to honoring each of the more than 9,000 soldiers who were killed or wounded in the battle by making a 70 mile trek – one mile for each of the 70 years that have passed since D-Day.

D-Day, the day when the Western Allied effort was initiated to end the Nazi occupation on mainland Europe during World War II, was a great turning point in history. Many soldiers risked and gave their lives for this momentous point during the war. Although the celebrations for the fallen and the speeches by the world leaders have concluded for the annual D-Day commemoration, Liam is continuing the D-Day commemoration through his planned 70 mile trek.

Liam will be making this 70 mile trek between Aberdeen to RAF Lossiemouth while carrying a kit on his back to raise funds for soldiers and their relatives through the Parachute Regiment Charity. Liam is set on raising 1,000 British pounds, which is equivalent to about $1,680, for this charity trek. Liam is closely associated with this charity organization through his involvement as a cadet with para ACF, a voluntary youth group.

Please sign the petition below to show support for the great charity work that Liam is setting out to achieve, and to thank him for the initiative that he is taking to show gratitude to the veterans and their families.


Dear Liam Tarburn,

It was heartening to read about the great charity trek that you are planning to embark on for 70 miles from Aberdeen to RAF Lossiemouth. The funds that you are planning to raise through this great trek will certainly come to be a great help for the veterans and their families.

This kind of commemoration initiative lends exceptional inspiration to others in how they may be able to help support those who were involved with war. This is especially encouraging as you are such a young individual with such innovation and motivation.

I look forward to reading about your accomplishments through your blog. You will have tons of friends, families, and others who know about your work supporting you for the entire trek. Best of luck with the great journey that lies ahead.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Emma Tarburn says:

    Dear Mari,

    I’m Liam’s older sister and we would like to thank you for your amazing support. He’s not the kind of boy who looks for praise for what he’s doing, especially for a cause so dear to many of us, but to receive it from thousands of miles away is just incredible. Thanks again for highlighting the charities that support our veterans.

    Emma Tarburn
    Aberdeen, Scotland!

    • Mari Motsenbocker says:

      Hi Emma,
      I am glad to hear that you had read the petition that I had written. Your brother is truly a remarkable individual. I wish him the best of luck in the amazing charity trek that he is undergoing!
      Mari Motsenbocker

      • Emma Tarburn says:


        Just a little update: Liam has now completed his TAB… 70+ miles and a pair of sore feet later! He’s raised over £2000 so far and hopes that this money is going to go a long way in benefitting those who have sacrificed so much for us.

        Thank you again for your kind words. I’m sure they helped encourage Liam, knowing that people so far away were helping to support and highlight this great cause. If he even inspires one person to donate £1 or $1 to their countries’ veterans, I’m sure he’ll be elated.

        Thanks again,
        Emma Tarburn

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