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The 9 RAR Association SA has a long history of philanthropy.  I have always considered the organization an ESO with a strong focus on issues that impact very positively on our community values.

As an example, I recall a visit to South Australia by five Turkish veterans in about 2005 which was organized and funded by the 9 RAR Association. The visit was to mark Anzac Day in South Australia, a day of great significance to the military and the community in both countries.  It also highlighted the respect and relationship forged on Gallipoli in 1915 as enemies and reinforced as allies in Korea in the Korean War. As a great conclusion to the experience, the five veterans were taken to Canberra to meet the then Governor-General, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC.

Additionally, the Association sponsored the creation of a Turkish Australian Cultural Study unit at the Canakkale University.  And if that was not enough, a dual text booklet named “The Victory of Friendship” was distributed to school children in Turkey and Australia. Approximately 200,000 copies were distributed.

So it did not surprise me when at a recent 9 RAR SA Incorporated quarterly meeting, the membership voted to provide financial support Trojan’s Trek.

As reported to me:

“We chose this enterprise because of the credibility and success in outcomes and high level of probity which has been demonstrated within this group.  Two of our members have been past participants, and one member in particular, strongly endorsed Trojan’s Trek and the positive outcomes from attendance at a Trek.  The funds will enable Moose Dunlop and his team to conduct ongoing and required training for the leaders who are on hand at each Trek to counsel and support the participants.”

This is a very generous donation that will fund our annual on-going staff selection and training programs thus ensuring the maintenance of our benchmark outcomes.

Moose Dunlop OAM

Operations Director

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.

TROJANS 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.

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.