Therapy dog program receives boost

Published on Mr Cameron Donovan (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Topic(s): Establishments, Bases and Headquarters, HMAS Cerberus, Charities and Fundraising, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Steve Bowater, OAM, RAN presented a Young Diggers Dog Squad cheque for $31,306 to Chief Executive Officer of Defence Bank Mr John Linehan and Ms Leanne Kyle, Executive Manager of Defence Bank Foundation. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and his wife, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, also attended the presentation. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Commanding Officer HMAS Cerberus, Captain Steve Bowater, OAM, RAN presented a Young Diggers Dog Squad cheque for $31,306 to Chief Executive Officer of Defence Bank Mr John Linehan and Ms Leanne Kyle, Executive Manager of Defence Bank Foundation. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and his wife, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, also attended the presentation.

Navy personnel at HMAS Cerberus have presented a cheque for more than $31,000 to the Defence Community Dogs program, which supports the training of therapy dogs to help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Attended by the Governor-General, General Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett; the fundraising cheque was presented to Defence Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive OfficerJon Linehan by Cerberus Commanding Officer, Captain Stephen Bowater.

Mr Linehan who accepted the cheque for $31,306 on behalf of the Defence Bank Foundation, thanked Captain Bowater and praised the men and women at Cerberus for their efforts in organising and conducting fundraising activities throughout the year.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the generous donation made by HMAS Cerberus and would like to acknowledge the effort and commitment from the men and women who were involved in fundraising,” Mr Linehan said.

“We also extend our gratitude to Commanding Officer Stephen Bowater and Executive Officer Melanie Verho who have been instrumental in driving the support for dogs."

Mr Linehan said all funds raised would go towards the rescue and training of dogs that are provided free of charge to veterans in need.

“The Defence Bank Foundation has supported the training of PTSD Therapy Dogs for Veterans since 2014 and during this period, over 200 companion therapy dogs have been trained and given to serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders to support them during their rehabilitation,” Mr Linehan said. 

“The dogs are making an enormous difference to people’s lives. We have received many letters and emails from dog recipients telling us how much their life has improved since receiving their dog. Some even say that the dog has saved their life."

Mr Linehan said the contribution ensures that the Defence Community Dog program would continue to make a positive impact on our serving and ex-Australian Defence Force personnel.

For more information about the Defence Bank Foundation and the Defence Community Dogs program, please visit www.defencebankfoundation.com.au