The Trojan’s Trek Big Raffle

Here is your chance to gain a great prize and support a program which supports our veterans

1st prize. Travel for two on the “Sons of ANZAC” Battlefield Tour to Vietnam.

Total Value $8,000.

Donated by Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours with air travel provided by Singapore Airlines.

8 nights, 1-9 October.
2015 is the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the first Australian battle group to Vietnam. The prize is a special journey to Vietnam to tour the former battlefields and pay respects at a special commemorative service at Long Tan. Also on offer is an extension of the tour to visit the scenic and cultural sites of central and northern Vietnam.

2nd prize. Rank Arena 32″ LCD TV valued at $400. Compliments of Adelaide Exercise Physiology

3rd prize. $250 cash.

4th prize. Two packs of SA Parliament Select Wine valued at $100. Compliments of Michael Pengilly MLC

A 5th Prize of $100 has just been received from WOW Displays of Sydney, compliments of James Cassells the owner

RAFFLE WILL BE DRAWN OCTOBER 26TH, 2014.

Tickets are $2 each. To buy tickets online, click here.

ADELAIDE ROTARY CONTINUE SUPPORT WORK

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Adelaide Rotary Club may well boast of the fine record which the club has earned supporting community projects. And the work continues, in this case providing financial support to Trojan’s Trek Incorporated.
Above is a photo of Adelaide club member Rob Falconer handing over a $10,000 cheque to the director of Trojans Trek, Moose Dunlop OAM.  Moose reported that the funds would be used to conduct a female version of the trek in 2014. He said he and the staff had been most encouraged by the response to the idea from servicewomen past and present, and that this would certainly be an Australian first if not a world first in peer support delivery.

TROJAN’S TREK ACHIEVES DGR STATUS

Two of the important milestones in running a not for profit organisation are incorporation and the gaining of deductible gift status (DGR). Of these DGR is a most sought after category.

It is awarded by the Australian Taxation Office after investigation of the body seeking recognition. It permits gifts which are above a specified amount to be to be tax deductible. Not only does that make gifting to Trojan’s Trek more appealing, the recognition of the organisation by the ATO is another recognised form of accreditation.

The board of TT wishes to publicly acknowledge the support of a Brisbane based company named Praeger Solicitors who steered the application through the maze of regulations at no cost. Indeed, the $2,000.00 estimate of the anticipated fee was returned on recognition as a goodwill gesture. Our sincere thanks are extended to Ralph, the senior partner.

You can donate to Trojan’s Trek here

Moose Dunlop

MORE THAN A PENNY

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Penny Wright is well known to many servicemen and women for her “across the board” support of just causes.  Senator, lawyer, activist and mum, she is a person who is happy to go with her gut feelings on many issues.  And she is certainly across many. It was indeed pleasing to see her at the RAR Association Xmas drinks in December for a chat about many matters including Trojan’s Trek. Her interest in such programs is predictable given her passion for social justice matters. Her presence was also rewarded with the opportunity to speak to a few trekkers about the impact of Trojan’s Trek on their lives. Nonetheless, it was with surprise that shortly after, the program received a significant donation from Senator Wright and the Greens. The team are most appreciative as it will directly support the 2013 trek.  Thanks Penny!

PARALOWIE LIONS JOIN THE SUPPORTERS

It was in 2011 when Moose, AJ and Townie presented the philosophy behind the Trojan’s Trek approach to military induced stress to the Paralowie Lions Club. The presentation was well received by the 40 or so Lions attending and was followed by many incisive questions.

On Sunday 24 June Moose was invited back for the handover dinner at which a $3000.00 cheque was presented to the project. Although the Paralowie club is relatively small by Australian standards it manages to carry out a number of wonderfully altruistic tasks to assist others in the community. The trek staff are most grateful for the donation which will pay for one veteran to attend the trek.

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President Colin and Secretary Libby with Moose at the presentation

 

 

The Repat Foundation supports Trojan’s Trek


At the 2012 Gala Ball, A/Prof Susan Neuhaus the Chair of the Repat Foundation, previously known as the Daw Park Foundation, handed a cheque to Major Mark Keynes on behalf of the Foundation. The money will go directly to support the work of Trojan’s Trek.

This is the second year that the Foundation has recognised the advantages offered by direct and measurable intervention such as that carried out on Trojan’s Trek. Further independent work is being carried out by way of analysing the quantitative results of the treks so far conducted. It is expected that the results of this study will be released in early 2013.

Sen Alex Gallacher becomes a Trojan’s Trek supporter.

In early March 2012, Bob Whinnen arranged for the Director of Trojan’s Trek, Moose Dunlop, to brief Senator Alex Gallacher, who is one of the SA senators in Federal parliament. The briefing covered the concept of victim to warrior, veteran to veteran advice and stressed our belief in the value of this approach as an adjunct to one on one counselling and pharmacology. Following the briefing a $5,000.00 cheque was presented to the program by Senator Gallacher. Moose was reported to have been extremely grateful for the donation and “was very impressed by the supportive attitude of the senator who offered to spread the good word among his parliamentary colleagues.”

Moose gratefully accepts a cheque from Sen Gallacher

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Walking the Kokoda Track for Trojan’s Trek

Hi, from both Gail and Aaron. We want to use our trek along the Kokoda Track in April to raise much needed funds for this worthwhile and very relevant cause, and we need your help!
The Challenge
The Kokoda track itself is 96km long, has many river crossings, and peaks at 2250 metres. We will complete the trail over a period of 8 short days, beginning on the 16th of April when we set out from Owers’ Corner. We reach the end of the trail, at Kokoda, on the 24th of April for a comfortable nights rest before attending an Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery on the 25th. We are sure this will be a humbling experience.

The Significance of the Kokoda Track
For those who don’t know here’s a little background on the significance of the track:
– Until 1975 Papua New Guinea (PNG) was in fact an Australian territory, making it Australian soil during WWII.
– During WWII the Japanese wanted to invade Australia and to do so they first needed to get their troops, weapons and supplies to location much closer to Australia.
– Port Moresby (the capital of PNG) was the ideal location from which the Japanese could have successfully launched an invasion of Australia.
– In 1942 the Japanese invaded PNG in an attempt to reach Port Moresby.
– The Kokoda track is the 96 Km trail along which the Allied Troops successfully held off the Japanese from reaching their intended target of Port Moresby.
– Over the course of the battles it is estimated that over 3,600 Allied Soldiers and 13,600 Japanese Soldiers lost their lives and over 30,000 Allied Soldiers and 5,600 Japanese Soldiers were injured.
– For more detailed information on the trail and the numerous battles visit the Kokoda Commemoration.


The Cause
Since WWII, Australian Soldiers have been involved in many conflicts, including Vietnam and more recently those in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. Given the intense situations faced by those who enter active service it is not hard to imagine how difficult it could be to return home and be expected to just “switch off” and settle down into “everyday life”. The “Trojan’s Trek” is a program aimed at enabling returned servicemen who are struggling to settle down. It is a program designed and run by ex-servicemen who have personally experienced the same issues as those the program is designed for. This is a very worthwhile cause and we are taking this opportunity to raise money for the “Trojan’s Trek” as a means of giving back something to those who have given so much for us all. Help us to help these often unsung heroes by donating today.

How do I donate?
Simply click on the golden “Donate” button located on the top right of this page (and every page) or simply click here. This will enable you to donate via credit card or PayPal – a completely secure way to transfer funds over the internet. Thanks you very much for your generosity!