LACHLAN MACQUARIE LODGE DONATES $10,000 TO SOLDIER ON
Recently a member of Lachlan Macquarie Lodge, also referred to as LML, was speaking with a friend of his, who was a Returned Serviceman from the Vietnam conflict. The stories he told were sometimes light hearted but others were more serious. It was soon realised that many returned servicemen were in need of support both physically and mentally and also re-integrating into the community.
Some of these stories were told to Freemasons from LML and it was decided that, a charity is seen as major initiative of Freemasonry, that members from Lachlan Macquarie Masonic Lodge, would choose Soldier On as their charity project for 2016 / 2017.
They began by raising funds, selling raffle tickets and by placing donation tins in local Port Macquarie business premises.
After raising $5000.00, an application was made to Masonicare, the Charity arm of Freemasonry, who matched the money raised by LML dollar for dollar.
This enabled LML to present a cheque to Darrin Lincoln, the NSW Reintegration Manager for Soldier On at a presentation on 19 April 2017 at the Wauchope RSL.
The presentation was attended by members, family and friends of Lachlan Macquarie Lodge; The Lodge Star of Wauchope and the Wauchope Branch of the RSL.
Following the presentation of the cheque for $10,000.00 by Worshipful Brother Bill Krantzcke, on behalf of Lachlan Macquarie Masonic Lodge and Masonicare, Darrin gave a very interesting explanation about Soldier On as an organisation; how Soldier On operates; and, how the organisation assists returned Servicemen and Women.
LML are very pleased that we can show our support for the brave service personnel who have given so much for their country.
ABOUT SOLDIER ON
“It’s about appreciating that even the strongest, even the bravest, even the toughest, can carry scars through life that need to be understood and accepted. I congratulate Soldier On for the work they’re doing … recognising and helping all who are part of our ex-service community.” – The Hon Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia
Soldier On’s mission is to achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history. To achieve this, Soldier On supports those who have served by focusing on their physical and mental health, their family, their community, and their future. 72,000 Australians have served in the Australian Defence Force since 1990, and thousands will be affected by their service, be it physically, or psychologically. Soldier On provides a suite of services and access to partner organisations to meet the needs of our wounded so that they can start their journey on their road to recovery.
Soldier On supports anyone who has served Australia and their families. This includes those who have served as part of the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which includes Australian Border Force. This help can be accessed by contacting Soldier On or by heading to one our Reintegration and Recovery Centres across the country. There you will find support staff, psychological assistance, links with local services and a support network of other veterans and families. It’s our turn to fight for you – we’ve got your back.
The photograph shows an emotional Darrin accepting the cheque from Worshipful Brother Bill Krantzcke
To find out what the Centres have to offer, and how to get involved, follow the Soldier On link.