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VISIT TO SUPACAT HQ PORT MELBOURNE

As previously reported, Supacat, an international player in the defence industry, has selected the Trojan’s Trek Foundation as the organisation which will be supported by them during 2019. 

As a follow-on from Moose’s visit to Sydney to attend and speak to their annual dinner in 2018, Mick Halloran, the Managing Director requested that his Melbourne based staff were also acquainted with the philosophy and operations of the foundation. As a result, Moose visited the company’s base in Victoria on 8 Feb to carry out that task. 

Mick when opening the session outlined the reasons why he had selected the Foundation above many other worthy calls. To summarise his words, he was informed of our existence during a function in Canberra by a person who was aware and felt strongly about the excellent outcomes which were being achieved. Mick also spoke at length about the significance of the independent evaluation protocols which the foundation rigorously follows. 

Approximately 30 staff attended the briefing, a good number of whom were ex-military prompting some very good questions and observations. Moose reported that the range of work which he observed ranged from hi-tech
R & D to the development of, and improvements to a range of transport methods used by the military. 

From the photograph, it is also apparent that the role of youth in the engineering processes is present.

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SOUTH COAST VETERANS (SCV) SUPPORT

As previously reported the SCV, a group of primarily ex-military individuals and their partners have this year indicated that their fundraising efforts will be directed to support the Trojan’s Trek Foundation. 

The group conducts a whole range of activities designed to raise money for organisations which support veterans. Functions such as quiz nights, dinner dances and even a stall at the local show are in the broad mix of fundraisers. 

Companion dogs provided through the Royal Society for the Blind have been a recent beneficiary of their efforts and a couple of these animals were present on 19 Jan when Moose was presented with a cheque for the Foundation by Reg Bichel the President.

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TROJAN’S TREK ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP

TROJAN’S Trek Foundation is proud to announce that the Adelaide and Country Primary Health Networks (PHN) have signed a contract with the Foundation which will greatly assist in the delivery of the SA trek in September this year.

By way of background PHN is not a service provider but is focused on commissioning services which are guided by community, clinical and stakeholder input.  The organisation is funded by the Commonwealth Government and has a clear goal of improving health outcomes for the community.

This objective fits nicely with the foundation objectives which concentrate on mental health as it applies to veterans and first responders.

The Chairman Moose Dunlop OAM, said it was appropriate and he was very pleased to be associated with an organisation resourced by the Commonwealth with responsibilities for community mental health.

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SUPACAT PURRS WITH TROJAN’S TREK

Supacat is a successful UK based company which now operates in the defence industry field in Australia. Supacat is committed to partnering with Australian industry and is delivering development, production and support programs with Australian partners under the Supacat Team Australia banner. Therefore it was not a huge step for the Australian Managing Director to seek ways in which the company could become involved with innovative Australian initiatives related to the military.

Hence the potential for a relationship with the Trojan’s Trek Foundation was formed. To cement the relationship the Chairman, Moose Dunlop OAM travelled to Sydney to address the company annual dinner on 24 October. As a consequence, Supacat has offered to assist the foundation in their continuing role of rebuilding the psychological health of our damaged veterans.

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SOUTH COAST VETERANS SUPPORT TROJAN’S TREK

On Saturday 20 Oct, the South Coast Veterans’ Association of SA held a quiz night at the Encounter Bay Football Club. A crowd in excess of 100 turned up for a fun evening. As part of the proceedings, a cheque for $1,000 was presented to the Foundation Chairman Moose Dunlop OAM. This is part of the club’s progressive fundraising action which the association has embarked upon in support of Trojan’s Trek. In his reply, Moose stated that it was wonderful to see the “veterans helping veterans” philosophy of the foundation extending beyond the program delivery. He also stated that such support was heartening for the staff and other supporters.

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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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Students assist Trojan’s Trek investigate marketing and costs

A team from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Student Employability of the University of QLD opted to investigate some aspects of the Foundation operations as part of the semester qualification requirements.

Picture L to R –– Janelle Murray (project advisor and MBA student), Winnie Sim, Derek Ricketts, Madeleine Bibo, Alexandria Rogers, James D’Amato, Huang Peishang and Vannessa Patterson, Board Member, Trojan’s Trek

Team member and Bachelor of Commerce student Winnie Sim said she was drawn to working with Trojan’s Trek because of the emphasis on mental health and wellbeing for veterans.

The team developed an engagement strategy to build awareness of the Trojan’s Trek program among veterans in need across Australia. They also produced an analysis of actual and amortised costs to assist in managing expenditure.

The team spent the semester devising their engagement strategy, including their three primary recommendations for the future.

The project was the overall winner of this semester’s Community Engagement Program (CEP), an initiative of UQ’s community strategy.

Board member Vannessa Patterson, who was the contact between the students and the Foundation, said she was impressed by the teamwork and willing devotion to all aspects of the work completed by the team.

Our congratulations on a great outcome!

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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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NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR QLD CHAPTER

Trojan’s Trek is pleased to announce a new partnership in QLD with Hand Heart Pocket (HHP). 

HHP is the charity arm of the Freemasons in QLD which for centuries have used the symbols of hand heart and pocket to pledge practical help, genuine empathy and financial generosity to those who need it most.  One of the areas of focus for the charity is on initiatives which promote and support positive physical and mental health for men; a target which coincides with the work of the Trojan’s Trek Foundation.

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Robe to Recovery


The Robe community has instigated an innovative concept to support Australian Defence Force veterans.

“Robe to Recovery” supports veterans who have returned from active duty and need to begin to heal physical and psychological wounds.

Jacqui Bateman and returned vet Justin Brown have teamed up to organise stays of a few days of respite for returned veterans who may be struggling to fit back into civilian life after returning from deployment and discharging from the defence force.

Adelaide-based Justin knows who is likely to need support through his contacts in the Australian Defence Force.

WATCH: ABC TV Back Roads on “Robe to Recovery”

Many traders in Robe and the Robe Tourism Association members are involved.

“I went along to a RTA meeting and explained the concept to the members and asked for any support from the local businesses,” Jacqui said. “The response was amazing.

“I had local cafes and restaurants offering meal and coffee vouchers and other offers of bakery goods, seafood, ice-cream, wine, massages and art.

“Several accommodation providers offered a few days accommodation, the local dairy donating milk and cheese.

“The first veteran who came down with his family was totally overwhelmed.

“He was just expecting a weekend away but when he walked in and saw a gift basket containing a whole bunch of extras, he couldn’t believe it.”

Jacqui believes that handwritten notes from each of the donors to the visiting veteran – often something as simple as thanking them for their service – is the thing which makes the most impact.

Robe to Recovery gives Ex-Australian Army veteran Leith Bache a much-needed break

“They go away from the weekend knowing that people do care, that people appreciate what they have done for their country, and that the little town of Robe appreciates their service and sacrifice.”

“We are hoping to grow the program to where we have up to 12 families visiting each year.

“The response from the Robe business owners and community has been absolutely fantastic.”

“The opportunity to create a respite program for returning vets seemed like a good idea,” said Justin.

“Between Jacqui and myself we have made the program and the difference it has made to the veterans has been tremendously rewarding.

“We think that the program has on-going opportunities and benefits for the veterens.

“The Robe community have have been wonderful supporters.

“I would like to see the program replicated around the country.”

For more information on the Robe to Recovery program and to assists in some way call Jacqui on 0427 343132 or email jacqui@jacquibateman.com.au.

Text from https://www.coastalleader.com.au/story/4964806/robe-to-recovery/

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