Join us for Veterans’ Support Walk! October 25th 2015

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INVITATION. Veterans and friends, here is an opportunity to directly support an initiative which assists younger veterans while enjoying a stroll around the beautiful River Torrens.

WHY? Funds are needed to continue Trojan’s Trek a program to help with the rehabilitation of young veterans returning from combat duties.

WHAT? 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 $100 for first place.
3. 5km MALE run. Prize of $100 for first place.
4. 5km TEAM OF 3 EVENT. Prize of $200 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.

WHEN? Sunday 25 October, 2015, starting at 0930

AFTER? BBQ, coffee and big raffle prize draws.

Registration: there are TWO ways to register:

1) Snail mail. Download this PDF form, print it and fill it out then mail it.

2) Register online. Use our online form to register and pay online using either credit card or PayPal.

Royalties of John Schumann’s great new song, On Every Anzac Day, go to helping troubled veterans.

John Schumann donated the artists’ royalties of I Was Only 19 to the VVAA’s Agent Orange Royal Commission fund. It was a most generous act. Now he’s doing it again for the younger diggers.

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This time he’s donating the royalties from On Every Anzac Day to Trojan’s Trek, a wilderness-based program for veterans suffering from PTSD. (John Schumann is a member of the Board). The song is featured on the CD album, Behind the Lines, John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew (expanded edition).

You can buy the CD at a music store, or you can download the full CD or just the song from iTunes.

On Every Anzac Day
On Every Anzac Day (Radio Edit)
Behind the Lines – Album

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Trojan’s Trek is a program which was first run in the North Flinders Ranges of SA in the late 1990s to assist troubled Vietnam veterans return to a normal life. Participants figuratively undertake a journey, which facilitates new ways of viewing themselves, their colleagues and partners in a remote location while investigating ways to facilitate change. Some of the past trekkers have denoted this as a stocktake of life, feelings and behaviour.’ The program is live-in, is highly individually focused and delivered by staff that have the necessary accreditation. More importantly they are also warriors’ who have experienced and overcome the same frustrations as those attending. Trojan’s Trek provides the setting and conditions under which participants will experience a lasting positive shift in values and interpersonal relationships. â–„

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VETERANS’ SUPPORT WALK thanks for your support!

The day dawned with lots of black clouds and the threat of rain imminent. But our concerns were unfounded. Overcast, 24 degrees, an ideal day for a stroll or run round the 5 km track Trevor Atkins had marked out round the Torrens Lake. The sponsors were committed, the coffee was brewing, and the barbeque was warming as they set off.

The serious runners blasted out of the blocks keen to compete for the $100 male and female prizes. The rest, all 120, with dogs and children at foot moved off as a wave of support for the concept of veterans helping veterans. It was not long before the first male and female runners completed the course to the accolades of the injured, the workers and the lazy. Well done to the winners, a special thanks to the first lady home, Catherine May who donated her prize money back to the cause.
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After a period of indulgence at the Metro Fire Service & 9 RAR sausage sizzle, Kevin Scarce ex SA Governor, drew the big raffle.

The prize winners were:
FIRST PRIZE: Rod Graham, a Battle Field Tour to Vietnam for two to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in that war;
SECOND PRIZE: Robert Day OAM, a Big TV,
THIRD PRIZE: $250 Mr Stait from Wagga Wagga and
FOURTH PRIZE: Greg Hallam, a selection of fine SA parliamentary wine.

All in all a successful day which will underpin future operations. Moose and the board extend their sincere thanks for your involvement on the day with a special mention extended to the great sponsors of the event.

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