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Young Veterans’ Charity Walk, Sunday 31st October, 2021

Entry is $30/person and includes a t-shirt.

We normally order enough t-shirts for everyone, but please note, late entries made after October 15th do not guarantee your preferred size.

Online registrations are now closed.
You can still join in by simply presenting to the registration table prior to the walk on Sunday

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SmartBar Walk for a Veteran 2021

By Cess Glasspool

On Friday 7th May I was offered the opportunity to represent Trojan’s Trek at the launch of the SmartBar Walk for a Veteran with PTSD.  This annual walk began in 2016 and Walk for a Veteran became a recognised charity in 2020.

Chad McLaren is the driving force behind this event and is a defence force veteran. He told me he spent 5 years in the Army as an infantry soldier with one East Timor deployment in 2000 and 10 years in the Navy as a medic, discharging from the ADF in 2013. He recognised that some of his defence force friends were struggling with mental health issues and he felt that he was able to support them by creating an event like this.

In 2016 Chad joined with two of his defence force buddies for the inaugural Walk for a Veteran which raised funds for Operation K9.  2021 is the 6th running of the event in SA and there are plans to host a similar event in WA and a 24 hr endurance event in SA in 2022.

Chad is passionate about supporting Veterans and first responders and each year, he nominates four organisations as beneficiaries of the funds raised by the walk. This year, Trojan’s Trek has been nominated as one of those beneficiaries.

One of the principal sponsors for this year’s SmartBar Walk for a Veteran is Spinifex Brewing Co. Spinifex Brewing Co. is a dynamic new player in the craft beer industry.  SA Sales Representative for Spinifex Brewing Co, Sean Batson proudly states that Spinifex is an Aboriginal and Veteran-owned WA brewery company that produces beers flavoured with native botanicals unique to Australia.

CEO Adam Barnard is an army veteran who states, “Our business was founded in part to support Veterans and we are proud to be able to join forces with Walk for a Veteran Inc. as our South Australian partner to ensure this event raises much-needed awareness and funds”.

Spinifex established the F88 range of beers; sourcing the name from the Australian Army-issued rifle. Spinifex is a world-first initiative aimed at raising funds to support our returned servicemen and women. The F88 Campaign is dedicated to the memory of SIG Geoffrey GREGG (Afghanistan) who took his life on 23 September 2006 because of severe PTSD and is the inspiration behind the campaign.

SPINIFEX will operate its full mobile bar facility with the full range of beers available. 50% of the profit from SPINIFEX F88 Premium Lager sales at the event will be donated to charity.

I participated in the event last year and I have registered for the 2021 event which is being held on 28 August. This year looks like being bigger and better with no public roads or traffic to contend with.

A 10km loop has been created totally on the trails of the reserve, of which 1/3 will be on the renowned Heysen Trail. The course will rise to 450m above sea level and provide some incredible views over the valleys below. Individuals will have the option of completing one, two, three, or four laps of the course.

Teams can complete the 40km as a team of 2 or 4 each completing one or two 10km laps. The start and finish of each lap will be from the same location, which will be the venue for the post-event activities.

Secure camping sites will be available on Friday and Saturday night, with off-road parking provided. St John Ambulance will be located across the 10km course.

The event will see the introduction of the first “after walk” concert starting at 2pm. Headlining the concert are Pierce Brothers (VIC) and Hollow Coves (QLD), joined by folk legend Carus Thompson and band (VIC/WA), ex-Army Officer and singer/songwriter Pat Kenny (QLD), Lucinda Grace from the Adelaide Hills, and Yorke Heath (SA). Yorke Heath and Mark Aiston will be our Masters of Ceremonies.

The event presents a fantastic opportunity for trekkers and their families to get involved and enjoy some Adelaide Hills atmosphere, fine food, and refreshments.

Huge thanks to Chad and his fantastic sponsors.

Further information can be obtained at http://www.walkforaveteran.org.au/

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OPERATION UNITY’s 366 DAYS FOR VETERANS AND FAMILIES

On 28 April 2021, there will be a launch of 366 days to raise $500,000. Reaching the goal will mean we can:

  • Link 10 veterans with a support dog each through Operation K9 (RSB).
  • Arrange for 64 veterans and first responders to attend a trip that includes counselling and training through Trojan’s Trek.
  • Facilitate 206 attendances at camps and other initiatives for children through Legacy South Australia.
  • Supply a small trailer for Operation Unity to continue with its work for veterans, current ADF members, and their families.
  • The fundraising will commence on the anniversary of the deployment and run for 366 days ending on the anniversary of the deployment.

    The launch is taking place at:

  • Drill Hall and Torrens Parade Ground, King William Street, Adelaide
  • 7:15 am for 7.30 am start on Wednesday 28 April 2021 for attendees of the opening.

Attendance is limited, please contact Operation Unity on 0403 337 772 or e-mail operationunity3@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

You MUST advise on or before Monday 19 April 2021, then we will do our best to ensure you can attend.A short walk of honour for the Al Mathanna Task Group will be taking place at approximately 8.10 am by members of Operation Unity, Operation K9 (RSB), Legacy SA, and Trojan’s Trek.

You can show your support by cheering them on from the Torrens Parade Ground or on the gardens bounded by Frome Road, Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, and King William Street from approximately 8.30 am.

Tax-deductible donations can be made into the following account:

Friends of the Veterans Incorporated

BankSA, BSB 105-086,

Account Number 057073640 and MUST BE MARKEDWALK21

Download the flyer here

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LOCAL MEMBER ADDS SUPPORT

The Federal Member for the seat of Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie MP, is well known as a supporter of local initiatives.

Recently she wrote letters to the Minister of Veteran Affairs and others, in support of a grant application submitted by the Foundation to the Veteran and Community Grants Hub.  The application was successful, no doubt assisted by her endorsement.

This will enable the program to be enhanced with the development and expansion of two of the four phases of the program. These are Phase 1, induction and goal setting and Phase 3, post trek review.

I look forward to the commencement of this exciting process with the September trek in SA.

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SOUTH COAST VETERANS ASSOCIATION CHIP IN

One of the great supporters of the Foundation is the South Coast Veterans’ Association. Based loosely in Victor Harbor, the association has strong membership and an altruistic attitude to veterans generally.

So it would come as no surprise that when they heard of the loss of home and farm including stock and machinery to Steve Riley, one of the veterans impacted by the KI fires, that they would respond.  With the assistance of Bunnings who donated a premium large SS BBQ and a couple of other prizes, a raffle was conducted. Tickets sold quickly and prizes drawn.

The winners of all prizes gave their prizes to Steve on the basis that he had nothing and at least a BBQ, $100 worth of tools and bits and pieces would be useful. Along with this was a cheque for more than $4,000.00, a great result.

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VETERANS’ CHARITY WALK 2019

It was an overcast 19 degrees on Sunday on 27 October, ideal for a morning walk around the Torrens Lake for a good cause.   The occasion was the culmination of a few months of organisation to ensure all was in order for the Foundation fundraiser organised by Adelaide Exercise Physiology.  Subjects like; public liability, prizes, the raffle, the auction, late registrations, the BBQ and the coffee van was all part of the myriad of detail to be fitted together.  The start point location, opposite the Vietnam Memorial, was again booked through the Adelaide City Council with parking available on the parade ground. Over 260 walkers and runners had supported the Foundation by registering on the web site as well as the great list of sponsors whose names you will see on the T-shirts.  As an added bonus, our Patron, the Governor, His Excellency, Hieu van Le, AC had agreed to attend and address us.

The winners in all five categories were awarded their cash prizes at the conclusion and in a moment of generosity, all handed back their winnings.  I must mention Mr. Bill Bates who completed the 5 km carrying a 20 kg pack which of itself is a good effort.  But add to that his personal sponsors which resulted in his raising over $1400, great effort!   

The walk generated a profit of $22,731.00, an excellent result.  To our Patron, the Veterans’ Rowing Club, Colin the BBQ man, and our many supporters without forgetting AEP staff and Reuben, I extend our sincere thanks for being involved in a great day.

Moose Dunlop OAM

Operations Director

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Young Veterans’ Charity Walk, Sunday 27th October, 2019

This year’s walk has taken place. Please join us next year!

Online entry form here

Download the entry form to mail here

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SUPACAT STAFF ASSIST

Treks always involve a lot of organisation and preparation.  As one can understand, to take a group of sometimes brittle, 35 to 40 individuals away to the North Flinders Ranges from Saturday to Friday and cater for every conceivable issue is a big ask.  This is in addition to delivering a very structured daily program.  And when the nearest reasonably stocked shop, butcher, chemist, etc is more than one and a half hours away, it is important to arrive carrying everything to face the myriad of issues which may and do arise. 

Simple subjects like dietary restrictions, allergies, physical handicaps, equipment and so on, must be known and be 100% correct.  To do this a number of the staff commence ticking off lists 5 to 6 weeks before the start date. Much of the tasking falls to the chefs and the medic along with other specialists in the team.  This early checking process also has the advantage of benefitting from advertised specials’ which in some cases can save up to 50% on single items. 

The staff of Supacat Melbourne are aware of the mammoth responsibilities of this process and decided to help by collecting a long list of 104 non-perishables which they will send over to the trek with two of their own staff who will work on the trek as general hands. 

They also became aware that the camp chairs which are used during the treks were getting old and some were in poor condition.  To assist they collected money and forwarded $350 in Bunning’s Gift Cards to purchase 6 new strong camp chairs. So there is a very practical example of hands-on support from an unexpected quarter which will save costs and effort. 

Our thanks go to them for their help.      

Moose Dunlop OAM Operations Director

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HILTON RSL DONATES

On the evening of 3 August, Moose, the Operations Director, was invited to present the Trojan’s Trek story to the Hilton RSL membership.  This RSL has a very long history, with the Sub Branch’s 90th birthday approaching in 2020.  Their record of giving to worthy causes is also impressive.

A good number of members were present for the talk, among them a representation of young members.  The presentation was preceded by the Ode delivered by Swampy Gardiner after which Moose’s address and a DVD was shown.

Following, Moose was presented with a cheque for $600 which was added to by passing round the hat to achieve a total of $700.

In short a good evening in warm surrounds and good company.

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ANOTHER RSL CHIPS IN

RSL Sub Branches play a very important part in establishing and maintaining contact with veterans of all services.  This is very apparent in the case of the Nairne RSL situated in the Adelaide Hills.  The club is trying very hard to remain relevant in a space which has seen the RSL Brand suffer impact to its fine reputation as the premier ESO in the state. This has been detrimental to engaging with veterans at sub branch level.  To that end the club invited Moose Dunlop OAM along to address the club members and other club representatives on the benefits gained from attending a Trojan’s Trek.  A gathering of more than 20 including the local member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie MP attended. Moose reported he was fortunate in having a past trekker, Paul Wilton on hand to give his very personal comments on what trek attendance meant to him and his family.