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RSL DefenceCare would not be able to help our veterans and their families without the support of the following people and organisations. On behalf of the veterans and families we help, thank you for your generosity.
Invisible Battles Appeal
It’s hard to see what our veterans go through when they return to civilian life. They battle invisible enemies such as post-traumatic stress, depression, and chronic pain – all which wage a silent war on them – and their families. Our veterans are in desperate need of crisis support. We need your help urgently. Donate generously here.
Their Story: Service, Sacrifice and Community Support.
Air Vice Marshall R.B. Treloar A.O. said ”This book has been well researched and offers the reader interesting and challenging points of view. The raw emotion of these collective stories is compelling, as is the sense of shock, tragedy and loss when the first telegrams are received at homes. The rawness of their experiences is moving, even after this significant passage of time. I found every one of these stories to be important and worthy of the time of the reader. The hope, sense of purpose, tragedy and loss along with pride and a strong comradeship make this a compelling read for Australians. I am honoured to launch this book Their Story’ and unreservedly recommend it to you.”
"There are lots of history books that are hard to read because someone forgot the story. There’s this great conversational trait throughout 'Their Story.' I'd class it up there with Manning Clark for style. Thanks to you and Yvonne for taking the time and effort to do it. This will be an important Australian Book." Brian King
"Amazing I have not been able to put my book down. 'Their Story has made me more aware of what really happened during WW1. I am looking forward to part 2. Their Story is a must read. Rhonda Tillman
Award-winning director Jennifer Perrott who grew up in a Defence Force community has written a poignant and tender film about an Aussie soldier struggling to return to family life after war. Told through the eyes of his young daughter, this story looks at the challenges facing returning service personnel coping with trauma and the effects on their families. It has a hopeful and positive ending.
Once completed, THE RAVENS will travel the festival circuit and be used for many years in rehabilitation for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as a much-needed icebreaker to facilitate discussion. It will also be seen by our young defence population returning from deployment, and also their families. Any profits from the distribution of the film will go to the RSL DefenceCare.
The Digger's Vest is an authentic recreation of the sheepskin vests donated by the people of Australia to their soldiers during the First World War The vest kept tens of thousands of Australian Diggers alive during the harsh European Winters. Find out more about the Digger’s Vest on their Facebook page.
In keeping with the intention of the original sheepskin vest, a donation of 5% of the purchase price for all vests sold will go to RSL DefenceCare, to help current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis.
Dr Alex Sándor Kolozsy
Award winning sculptor Dr Alex Sándor Kolozsy, C.D.V.A. has created limited editions of one metre tall "Digger" sculptures. Dr Kolozsy will donate a portion of sales of the sculptures to DefenceCare. He will be creating 30 limited edition copies in bronze and RSL sub-Branches, or other organisations interested in keeping the ANZAC spirit alive, may be interested in purchasing one. The one metre Digger is suitable for foyers of public buildings, as an indoor shrine or memorial, to honour the Australian Digger from World War I. Please contact Dr Alex Sándor Kolozsy if you are interested in purchasing one of the sculptures.
To commemorate Remembrance Day and make honouring Australia's war heroes more relevant to young people, RSL DefenceCare invites you to join our Minute to Remember campaign in the lead up to 11 November every year.
You can also purchase a poppy to support DefenceCare at locations around Sydney in the lead up to 11 November.