No soldier needs to struggle alone
Due to Australia’s involvement in ongoing military conflicts over the last 15 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 are in need of 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.
Diggers Rest – ‘A Soldiers Retreat’ has been born by the desperate need to reconnect with our soldiers past and present.
No soldier needs to struggle alone and the sad truth is that we are losing roughly one Digger a week to suicide.
Our 4 main outcomes at Diggers Rest
One – To create a friendly, relaxed environment on 22 privately owned acres – providing respite for any serving soldier or veteran and their families who feel the need to reset their minds and reconnect. Offering self-catering accommodation free of charge for periods of two to three days at a time and are encouraged to return on a regular basis.
Two – To provide a stress free, relaxed stay (self contained cabins, camping, play area for kids and pool with BBQ facilities) for our guests.
Three -To provide quarterly 4×4 outdoor adventure trips designed to give the veteran not only a long term goal but promote mental health and well being. These trips will run and supported by Veterans.
Four – Diggers Rest will continue to organize and host our annual African Safaris .
Who is Diggers Rest and what do we do?
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 serving soldiers, younger Veterans and their families to a friendly environment to help them reconnect with each other, family, society and themselves at no financial outlay to them.
Most of our Soldiers and Veterans have served in Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and Somalia. Many of these members now suffer chronic PTSD with some harboring suicidal thoughts. We opened our doors with one mission and that was to hopefully stop one of these potential suicides.