What do Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan (Ret’d), Kylie Minogue, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes and Guy Sebastian have in common? On Wednesday 23 April we found out.
Approximately 15 Royal Australian Navy personnel joined 35 members of the Australian Army and Air Force at Victoria Barracks in Sydney for the launch of a new DVD ‘Doin’ It For the Troops’, a fund raising initiative for the Repat Foundation.
The DVD is a compilation of songs by well known Australian artists who have donated their time, videos or have performed in Forces Entertainment Tours.
Forces Entertainment Tours entail Aussie entertainers who commit their time and talent to entertain Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops deployed on operations. They have been running in Australia since 1966 as significant factor in maintaining the morale of Australian Defence Force Service men and women.
The DVD begins with an address from his His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia.
“Our boys and girls put their lives on the line every day that they serve for our country and this is a wonderful way to raise funds to help them return to their very important civilian lives,” said the Governor-General.
Also featured on the DVD are songs from some of Australia’s biggest artists including Kylie Minogue, John Farnham, Doc Neeson, Jimmy Barnes, the Living End, Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll, who was at the launch event.
Shannon Noll, Australian singer and runner up in the 2003 Australian Idol, said the DVD sales are a great initiative.
“I think there’s a lot of things that people bring home from conflict and in war, you can carry a lot of the scars.
“I just wanted to be involved, help out and show support.”
A pre-recorded message was played from Australian Country Music singer, James Blundell, who also said it is a fantastic initiative and one he is thoroughly committed to.
“The time in spent in theatre with ADF personnel are some of my fondest memories.”
The DVD has been put together by the Adelaide based Repat Foundation. The Foundation funds research into different medical conditions with a particular focus on Service personnel, veterans and their families.
Funds raised from the sale of the ‘Doin’ It For the Troops’ DVD will go to support the Foundation’s work on national research and projects to assist returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The identification, treatment and support for members and veterans of all ages for PTSD is a priority for the ADF.
The Repat Foundation’s Fundraising Co-coordinator Cathy Jackson said they hope many people buy the DVD.
“They will be supporting a very good cause and will get to enjoy some great Aussie music,” she said.
Copies of the DVD can be purchased online by going to http://www.therepatfoundation.org.au and clicking on the link beside the picture of the DVD or by phoning (08) 8275 1039 to order.
A Mental Health All Hours Support Line is available 24 hours, seven days a week on 1800 628 036 as a confidential telephone service for ADF members and their families.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20141163.