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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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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.