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A DONATION WITH MESSAGE

L/Cpl Brian Budden, ex 5 RAR and veteran, has donated to the Foundation on three previous occasions.  On each, he has dedicated the bequest to one of the men killed while he was on operations with the battalion in Vietnam.  The latest donation is to remember Major Don Bourne, the story below.   

Donald Mackenzie Bourne, of Watson, ACT completed two tours in Korea with the 1st and 3rd Battalions, between 1954 and 1955 and later served in Malaya during the Emergency. As a Major, he initially served in Vietnam with Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force before being posted to the 5th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) in 1967.  In early 1967 he was appointed commander of C Company, 5RAR in SVN.

On the morning of 14 February 1967, during preparations for a cordon-and-search operation of the village of An Nhut, Major Bourne was killed by a concealed Viet Cong mine. Another Australian officer, 29635 Captain Robert Bruce Milligan, and a New Zealand Army Officer, Captain Peter Williams, were also killed along with five other men who were wounded He was 36.

The Board extends our sincere thanks for the donation.

We will remember them.

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Supporters of Trojan’s Trek recognised with prestigious philanthropy award

Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland was today awarded the inaugural Queensland Community Foundation’s Board of Governors’ Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Philanthropy of the Year Awards for 2019.

Having significantly increased its philanthropic footprint in recent years, the award recognises an individual or organisation for their exceptional and sustained Queensland philanthropy.

 

L-R: Hear and Say CEO Chris McCarthy, YellowBridge QLD CEO Penny Hamilton, Hand Heart Pocket Director Dr Jason Bingham and Chairman Tom Wiltshire, Trojan’s Trek’s Peter Keith, Help Enterprises CEO Kerry Browne and Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark at the QCF Philanthropist of the Year Awards.

 

Hand Heart Pocket Chairman Tom Wiltshire said he was honoured to accept this award on behalf of the Freemasons of Queensland.

“I wish to acknowledge our members throughout the state – our work is built on the legacy of Freemasonry, dating back more than 110 years,” Tom said.

Following the sale of their aged care and retirement living business in 2016, the organisation returned to its philanthropic roots. Guided by their long-term strategy, Hand Heart Pocket has identified six key areas of support. These include men’s mental and physical health, employment for youth with mental health issues, women’s financial and physical security, the ageing population, education initiatives for those with a disability or in necessitous circumstance, and funding and financial assistance for families and individuals in need.

“Today, we are making a bigger difference for more Queenslanders than ever before. Over the past three years, we have provided $8.3 million in grants and in-kind support to other non-profit organisations.”

In addition to working with their members at a grassroots level, the Freemason charity provides Significant and Flagship Grants to other charities, where there is an unmet need, helping them to fill gaps in funding or ensure that essential services can continue. Its holistic approach has incorporated a sponsored staff volunteer day and the organisation has also provided in-kind support and expertise to some of their charity partners to maximise the impact of their grant.

“Everything we do is about providing a hand up, to help alleviate suffering and empower people to lead better lives, so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way,” he said.

“Thank you also to our charity partners Help Enterprises, Hear and Say, YellowBridge QLD and Trojan’s Trek who nominated us for this wonderful award.”

Find out more about our partners and the important work of Hand Heart Pocket.

For the full list of award winners visit the QFC website.

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SUPPORT FROM A DIFFERENT QUARTER


Sometimes one is simply overwhelmed by the goodness and generosity of the human race.  This happened to me recently and from an unexpected source. I received a phone call from a lady named Penny Ferguson, out of the blue. I had never met her but was impressed with her philanthropic views and motivation.

In essence, Penny has custody of never seen letters and the diaries of LT Ben Champion 1st AIF, her grandfather. (Some excerpts from the diaries have been published by the AWM).  She decided to publish them in a book to ensure their historical and personal impacts are not lost. Penny has presented Ben’s letters, diaries and photographs to create a comprehensive and moving account of a young man thrust into war. The book includes over 250 photographs and records of over 200 officers and soldiers in Ben’s story.  It is a fitting legacy to that terrible chapter in our history.

During the course of our phone conversation Penny mentioned that following her enquiries to identify a worthy recipient of any profit, one of her acquaintances directed her to Trojan’s Trek. She took that option as she had established that all donations to Trojan’s Trek go towards the rehabilitation of servicemen and women damaged by their service.  A donation of $2,250.00 was duly deposited into the account.

Thank you most sincerely Penny Ferguson.

 

Moose Dunlop OAM

The 900-page book is available from Echo Print at $50.

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MURRAY BRIDGE RSL PROVIDES SUPPORT

Many would not be aware of the existence of the Murray Bridge RSL Club. As one of the locals informed me, it’s “a little known gem.” And to put the club management into perspective; RSL Club winner 2015, 16 and 18, did you know 3,000 attend the Anzac Day dawn service, and that the peace march by 200 of year 9 students on Remembrance Day was a show stopper. So progressive would be a good description since the club moved from in-town to the riverside. 

Then to top it off, the club has just donated $500 to the Foundation to support recently returned men and women.  This rounds out the relevance which RSL Clubs can and do have in the veteran community. 

The board extends our sincere thanks to the president, Dave Laing, and hard working committee.

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SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER FOR TROJAN’S TREK

On Sunday 28 October the annual fund raiser in the form of a charity walk for the Trojan’s Trek Foundation was held on the banks of Torrens Lake opposite the parade ground.  Registrations for the walk were up to expectations with over 200 attending.

Sponsorships from corporate organisations were most welcome, all adding to the funds which are earmarked to support our younger successors damaged by their service.  Prizes were awarded to the first male and female across the line as well as team and spot prizes to random walkers.

As a most generous gesture, all winners refused their prizes, returning them to the foundation to assist in our work of rehabilitation.

Moose, the foundation chairman extended his thanks to Adelaide Exercise Physiology for their great work in organising and running of the day.

Over 200 participants attended the Young Veterans’ Charity Walk

Thank you to everyone who attended the Young Veterans’ Charity Walk

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ST MARY’S PROBUS LISTENS IN

As part of the program of information sharing with the public, past trekker Glen Grant and Moose Dunlop OAM attended the club gathering at the Lutheran Church Hall at Pasadena 13 August.

A large gathering of interested members listened as the philosophy of the Foundation was spelt out by Moose.

This was followed by a first-hand description of the problems facing discharged defence force members attempting to gain employment while dealing with the military compensation system and DVA.

A number of insightful questions followed, showing the empathy of the audience.  The hat was sent around and a very respectable $320 was added to the coffers for the September trek.

Our thanks go to the President and Glenda for their interest and to the members for the contributions.

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RSL CARE SA CONTRIBUTES


Following a successful Trojan’s Trek Board workshop held in Adelaide on 31 Aug, the board of Trojan’s Trek met with the board of RSL Care SA to share information and as social interaction.

The meeting received an update from Ben Challinor, the manager of the Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) centre which provides accommodation for homeless veterans.

Through ARVL, RSL Care SA seeks to provide veterans with accommodation support to assist them get back on their feet. The meeting was also updated on Trojan’s Trek operations in SA and QLD.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Loretta Byers, the chair of the RSL Care Board presented a $10,000 cheque to the Chair of Trojan’s Trek, Moose Dunlop OAM, as a contribution to the continuation of the good work of the program.

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SHINE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS TROJAN’S TREK

Two organisations which operate in the same space shared an anniversary this year.  Both the Trojan’s Trek Foundation (TT) and Foundation Shine have just marked 10 years of assisting others struggling with mental health issues.

Neither organisation was aware of the occasion until Trojan’s Trek was invited to the Foundation Shine sharing of funds annual dinner at the Entertainment Centre in July this year.

The occasion was hosted by a bevy of well-known celebrities and was also attended by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Li AC Governor of South Australia.

The evening was graced by a number of the TT board together with a few past trekkers, all of whom reported on a great evening. As a result of the evening’s activities which included some excellent value silent auctions, the TT Foundation received a cheque for $7,500.00.

This is the first time the Foundation has benefitted from such philanthropic largess from another, not-for-profit.

In the words of Robyn the Chair; “By holding events that create awareness and funding we are able to channel this through to organisations currently providing quality support programs with excellent facilities but at the same time, building resources and engaging facilitators to drive our own Foundation Shine workshops in ultimately a facility of our own.”

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SA Government to Assist Trojan’s Trek

The SA government has just announced that it will contribute $25,000 to assist the Trojan’s Trek Foundation to continue their work in SA.  The decision was made by the Minister for Veterans,  The Hon Stephen Marshall MP, Premier of SA. 

The Chairman of the Board Moose Dunlop OAM, said he was extremely pleased with the news which will ensure the conduct of the SA trek during 2018 will go ahead, enabling another 25 to 30 veterans and first responders to experience the trek; gaining the tools to positively manage their condition and become better family and community members.     

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EX-TIGER KICKS THE CAN

It is not the first time that Brian Budden, ex-5 RAR first tour 1966/67 has shown his altruistic side to the benefit of the Trojan’s Trek Foundation. But this time the donation was awarded on a day to signify a memory he wishes to commemorate.  The donation marks the day John Sweetnam 8 Pl C Coy was KIA on operations in SVN.  The envelope handed to the Foundation Chair Moose Dunlop OAM on 23 Jun carries the message.  Present on the occasion was the then Section Commander Dogs Kearney OAM, now resident in Adelaide.  Moose reported that the reminiscences between the two were entertaining and thought provoking.

 

The sincere thanks from the foundation were extended to Brian for his most generous gift devoted to the welfare of our successors.