Again, I find myself apologising for my tardiness in getting back to all of you guys. It has been a wild ride in the last few months what with a few of us taking on new jobs and moving around this great country.
So, lets start off with what we have been up to. Well, there was the Great Ocean Road trip which saw some men and women veterans and their families head down…you guessed it.. the Great Ocean Road. Starting off at the Geelong RSL with two of the land rovers in tow and the windy roads moving into some of the country that was hit by bushfires over the new year break. So we though we’d head down their and support the local businesses by spending a weekend down their way. A great weekend was had by all, and the #veteranteam message was spread further into our great land.
Next up, we had Jeff up in QLD running a few events. He handed out a few more Quilts of Valour to Servicemen and women and their families who endure service life just as much. These prove to be quite touching moments and it is a great honour being able to hand these out. To all the men and women who quilt these wonderful pieces of art, keep on doing the great thing your doing, you are all amazing.
Next Up, not one for alot of rest, despite having a bub of his own to look after, Jeff also organised a Rock climbing / abseiling day out for Veterans and their families at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane, QLD. Again, Veterans from far and wide came out of the woodwork to support each other. A fantastic day was held by all, young and old. Thanks to Green Frog adventures for putting the day on for the team at Young Veterans and Well done Jeff for getting it all happening.
Back down south in beautiful Victoria, the team turned their focus back to giving back to the community. With Chris, Katie, Clint and Dave taking on the Cancer Councils Relay for Life. The team of 4 kept their legs turning over for 24 hours in memory of friends, family and fellow veterans who have lost the battle to Cancer and those that continue to fight. The community rallied around the team who were either carrying a back or wearing body armour (reflecting the burden of service and cancer) and / or running.
Over 24 hours each team member clocked over 50km with our total ground covered being well over 230km which is a fantastic effort. The team raised over $4000.00 for the Cancer Council which is amazing in itself. The generosity of Veterans far and wide to give back to their Community. Well Done Guys.
A Special mention to David W. who came down after a week of training at the School Of Armour and showed his support, being a local from Beaconsfield, he at least had somewhere to rest his head for the night.
Another Big Shout out to Clint J. who came into the Relay early Saturday morning to give Chris and Katie a break from the night shift and put in an amazing effort. Running an entire full marathon, Clint really turned the Young Veterans after burners on and clocked those K’s over. Well Done Mate, solid effort.
Well, that pretty much sums up Young Veterans to date, or does it? We are still working on the “Project Perentie” car which is coming along excellently. We are still on the lookout for drivers and navigators for the Outback Challenge in October. So if you know anyone who would be interested, drop us a line.
Ill have a seperate post up for the Launch of our own ‘Two up Pale Ale’ which will be exciting. So stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, Stay safe and look after one another.