While I have not always been great at it, I realised a number of years ago the benefits of giving.
Not only does it help others, it is great for my energy, mental health and overall self-worth. I am passionate about two charities:
The SAS Resources Trust.
Sadly in 1996, while serving in the SAS a terrible tragedy occurred outside of Townsville just after sunset on the 12th of June. 15 of Australia’s finest soldiers and three Blackhawk aircrew died when two helicopters collided. While it was one of the saddest things to ever happen to my ‘family’ something great came in the aftermath, thanks to the generosity of many great Australians. The SAS Resources Trust was established to help look after the families of fallen and seriously wounded SAS soldiers and has provided housing and education assistance to those who lost partners and fathers. I am in awe of the work of the trust and seek to do my bit to help raise funds when I can.
Tour de Cure.
I always thought I had been lucky not to have had a significant cancer story in my life. But slowly, it started to enter my life. My mother, uncles, and then more recently, a respected mate, a client, a sister of a mate…and I realized talking to people that I needed to do my bit. Tour de Cure (TDC) is a great Australian charity that funds Cancer research. I have participated in the last two annual Signature Tour’ bike rides that have together raised $6m for TDC. The rides are tough, painful and training to ride 1400km over 8-9 days requires a lot of time away from family and work. But as my fellow riders say, it is a small sacrifice compared to the suffering that others with Cancer endure. I really love doing my bit for this wonderful charity…because I can.