Proudly Serving Those Who Served Our Nation
Due to Australia’s involvement in ongoing military conflicts over the last 20 years, our country is witnessing an increase in the number of soldiers who are failing to assimilate effectively back into society on their return from active duty or their resignation from the military.
Many of our troops may be aware that they need help at some level but continue the mental struggle (PTSD) in private. We are seeing more of these scenarios as time passes as this is taking its toll on our soldiers and their families.
Tragically, statistics show we are losing around one Veteran a week to suicide.
After attending an Army Rugby Old Boys Game vs Navy game in 2014 and listening to a heart wrenching speech given by a young SAPPER who returned from 2 deployments to Afghanistan, we knew something had to be done and we opened our doors and home to reach out and connect with young men and women affected by their experiences overseas and have not looked back.
Diggers Rest – ‘A Soldiers Retreat’ was thus born out of the desperate need to reconnect with these young men and women who have served our nation as no soldier needs to struggle alone.
Healing does not mean the damage never existed – it just means it no longer controls our lives
CREATE, REDUCE & PROVIDE
- To create a friendly, relaxed environment on 22 privately owned acres providing self-catering short stay accommodation free of charge, for any active or former member of the ADF and their families who feels the need to reset their minds and reconnect with family and society.
- To encourage them to return as and when they feel the need.
- To provide programs in the form of working bees, designed to give the soldier a mission or task to work towards.
- To establish bonds between those that need and those that can assist.
In addition, Diggers Rest will provide supplementary support to the QLD RSL Emergency Short Term Accommodation Policy.
Who is Diggers Rest and what are we asking for?
Diggers Rest – ‘A Soldiers Retreat’ is set up as an eco-friendly bush lodge based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Our aim is to bring any serving member of the ADF or contemporary Veteran and their families to a friendly environment to help them reconnect with family, society and themselves where accommodation is offered at no financial outlay to them.
Many of our guests have served in Afghanistan, Iraqi, East Timor and Somalia and may now suffer chronic PTSD with suicide being their ‘only’ option.
We opened our doors with one mission and that was to just stop one of these potential suicides, but without funding we cannot progress indefinitely.
Diggers Rest is calling on Corporate Australia to help us here as we believe we do and have made a difference.
Since conception at the end of 2014 we have hosted and accommodated
Day Visitors = 506
Visitors Number = 1016
With a total of Nights slept = 1526
We also assisted with accommodation for five homeless young Veterans for various periods of time – (up to 3 months) offering them a safe place off the streets.
By asking Corporate Australia for a small monthly consistent donation, we can increase our capacity and offer more to these young men and women who have signed up to keep the war against terrorism outside of Australia.
Put simply, your small donation will be written off to tax, your company will receive a framed certificate to display your proud support of our Armed Services in your foyer and most importantly you will be saying “Thank you for your service to our great nation!” to these men and women.
If we can stop one more suicide we have succeeded in our mission.
We are asking corporate businesses to commit to donating $100 per month.