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TANKS FOR THAT

I have written before about the generosity the Foundation receives from the community. 

It was 9 years ago after I had been interviewed by Peter Goers on radio 891 ABC Adelaide that I received a call from Tim Harper. Tim is the owner of Pioneer Tanks SA and during our chat he asked me if we hired vehicles to take the veterans to Moolooloo station for the treks.  I replied that I did after which he offered me the use of two of his company 4 WD to save the Foundation hiring charges, a significant cost.  Since that day, on every SA trek we have gratefully borrowed vehicles from his company.  Total savings in the vicinity of $15K.

And yesterday, Saturday 10 August, I spoke to the Bentley Car Owners club on a couple of subjects requested by Tim. Naturally one of the subjects was Trojan’s Trek after which the Foundation received a donation through the web site. The group, which have an interest in all things mechanical, arranged for a partly restored Series 2A Landrover, once the source of many cups of tea for the diggers compliments of the Everyman (Salvation Army) in the late 60s. The vehicle was loaned by the Military Vehicle Museum, 10 Sturton Road, Edinburgh.  A very basic piece of British engineering on display.

Thanks to a great group of fellows for your interest and conversation.    

Moose Dunlop OAM

Operations Director

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

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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4 RAR ASSOCIATION SA CONTRIBUTE

Moose and Chris Pepper the SA President at the hand-over.

This is not the first time the members of the SA Association have contributed financially to the Trojan’s Trek program. Of interest, most of those who seek help by attending the programs are ex-Royal Australian Regiment members.  So it is appropriate and well-targeted as this money goes directly to those members and families in need.  A number of the other battalion associations have also contributed over time, and although the amounts may not seem significant to some, the gestures of support for those who replace us is most welcome.

NOTE:  Since the above report was written the SA 4 RAR Association committee met as part of their normal schedule.  Among the agenda items discussed was donations to veteran organisations. In the words of president Chris, “the committee decided that it would provide on-going support to the Trojan’s Trek Foundation because of its low profile and very good outcomes.”

Thanks very much to the committee. The benefits are manifold and benefit veterans and families.

Moose Dunlop OAM

BOARD WORKSHOP

Over the weekend 22 to 23 Jun, the Trojan’s Trek Board met in Brisbane to discuss the way forward for the Foundation. This is the third occasion in the last 4 years the board has gathered for the purpose of future strategy and direction and the first under the new Chairman Paul Keady. The meeting was also utilised to conduct the bi-monthly board meeting which is usually conducted with half of the board 2,000 km away.

The forum was facilitated by Peter Keith, one of the foundation facilitators.  Topics discussed included; review of purpose, finance, clients, partnerships, trends over time, marketing and growth.

In summary, the time spent resulted in the sharing of experience and opinion while not overlooking the Foundation purpose. The time was well spent and will result in building closer professional relationships among the board members.

Thanks to Mates4mates for the use of their splendid facilities.

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Programme Evaluation shows success of TT

Since the Trojan’s Trek program was commenced in SA in 2009 and in QLD in 2015, each participant attending is asked to complete four standard psycho-social instruments on three occasions.  This data is later independently analysed to measure outcomes by the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation in QLD for the QLD attenders, and by Flinders University staff in SA for those attenders. 

The reason for this is simply to ensure that the program remains relevant and beneficial to the participants.  Very few peer support programs are subject to the same scrutiny.  Naturally the board and the staff are also interested in the evaluations as it provides a scientific method to gauge success.  To date the results over 10 years have set new bench-marks for peer outdoor support.  Following is a selection from the data analysis completed in SA for the 2018 trek.

“There was marked improvement in 100% of participants between Day 1 and Day 6 on their total DASS21 scores (reduction in scores for depression, anxiety and stress). All 11 participants who responded at the 2-3 month follow up continued to show improvement over their pre-test/day 1 scores.”

Note: The DASS 21 scores are a significant measure of individual risk as depression (one of the elements measured) is almost always present in suicide or attempts.

Change in outcome areas – pre Day 1/post: Day 6
 
Key:      Y = Improvement          N = Decline       N minor = one difference N/Ch = No change    N/Ch P = No change; healthy/positive initial scores            N/A or blank  = Not applicable/No answer
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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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TROJANS TREK RECEPTION AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE ADELAIDE

In response to an offer from the Governor of SA, His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, 62 supporters of the Foundation attended a reception at Government House on the evening of 13 Nov.

The ballroom provided a fitting backdrop to the gathering, many of whom had not met face to face with the Board or each other.  The support which had been provided over 10 years of operation was acknowledged by His Excellency in a stirring speech.

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TROJAN’S TREK RECOGNITION

The Primary Health Network (PHN) is a Federal Government funded organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community by designing, commissioning and implementing innovative solutions for better integrated primary health care.

Each year (PHN) SA recognises excellence in a number of areas of health care delivery.  This year the Trojan’s Trek Foundation was recognised in the Outstanding Achievement in Health Promotion and Early Intervention category as the runner-up.

This is appropriate and timely as all those members who have been involved in treks in some capacity will attest.

Notice of Trojan’s Trek Foundation AGM

The 2018 AGM of the Trojan’s Trek Foundation will be held in the Memorial Room of Anzac House, 2 Victoria Drive Adelaide at 1700 hrs on Thursday 6 December 2018.

Those interested are encouraged to attend to catch up with the latest developments of this innovative program which rebuilds the psychological health of individuals damaged from their service.

Apologies to margaret@trojanstrek.com