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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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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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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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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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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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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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Veterans’ Support Walk

Charity walk outcome

A very big THANK YOU to everyone that donated to, and/or attended AEP’s Young Veterans Support Walk. We raised a total of $30, 819.15!

The Board would also like to extend a huge thank you to Reuben Vanderzalm and staff who did a superb job of organising the walk.


Sunday 29th October walk, run or roll around the River Torrens at 10.30am

All funds go directly to Trojan’s Trek, a program to help with the rehabilitation of young veterans returning from combat duties.

Four different event options with prize money on offer:
1) 5km walk (families, prams, and pets on leash are welcome).
Two $50 random spot prizes.
2) 5km FEMALE run. Prize of $150 for first place.
3) 5km MALE run. Prize of $150 for first place.
4) 5km TEAM OF 3 EVENT. Prize of $150 for first complete
finishing team.

WHERE River Torrens, directly north of the Torrens Parade Ground.
NOTE Parking WILL be available on the Torrens Parade Ground.
AFTER BBQ, coffee and amazing prize draws.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Register online HERE

Snail mail: download the registration form as a pdf here
Mail your cheque and completed form to: AEP Health Group, RE: Trojans Trek Charity Walk, 699 Port Road, Woodville Park, SA 5011.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure you get a T-shirt in your preferred size, please ensure we receive your form and cheque before 1st October, 2017. *UPDATE October 26, 2017; we have run out of shirts completely! Apologies*

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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.    

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YOUNG VETERAN’S SUPPORT WALK

This year we had 27 sponsors and 189 walkers register, a great result and thanks to you all for your support. However the weather was not being friendly. In short it looked grim with an on-going poor prediction.

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Participants gather for Veterans’ Support Walk

Thanks to AEP the day was organised down to the last tee. Many thanks go to AEP staff and Reuben for his work again this year.

The start time this year was later than in previous years, managing to catch out a few regulars who arrived very early. By the time Peter Goers had completed his humorous off- beat comments about life in general the black clouds had gathered menacingly. Not to be deterred off they went at 1030 on a slightly amended route which resulted from part of the Torrens Lake track being affected by the recent rains.

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RSL CARE SA CONTRIBUTES

The excellent relationship between the Foundation and RSL care was further enhanced recently with a very generous donation to the cause.  This is not the first time RSL Care SA has assisted Trojan’s Trek and confirms the intent of the RSL Care Board to embrace their philosophy which is to provide “care and support for the benefit of the ex-service and wider community”. The funds will be used on the upcoming SA treks for men and women.

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