The annual SAS Resources Fund Sundowner was held on the 29th November in the lovely quadrangle at St George’s College. The Fund’s ability to provide ongoing support to members and ex-members of the Regiment and their families is not possible without the tremendous support of our donors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, Trustees and Committee members. It is with the support of the friends of the Fund that we are able to carry out our work. This event is our opportunity to sincerely thank all these people for their assistance throughout 2018.
The Fund’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Tim Hawson welcomed guests and thanked those who work tirelessly both at, and for, the Fund. This includes the dedicated Assistance Committee led by Dr Mark Nidorf and the Dinner Committee led by the Hon Chris Ellison.
The Chairman, Mr Greg Solomon outlined the work of the Fund and thanked the many who assist in keeping the Fund running so efficiently and effectively. In particular, Mr Solomon acknowledged the importance of the Wanderers Education Program which contributes to assisting Regiment members transition into civilian life, and the provision of the welfare respite homes which assist Regiment members and their families in times when they require a respite break with their families.
The Commanding Officer of the Regiment ends his tenure at the end of 2018 and Mr Solomon thanked him for his support and assistance. The Commanding Officer spoke eloquently of the importance of the Fund to the members of the Regiment and their families.
This year, the Fund also bid farewell to Mr Tom Wallace, OAM who was one of the founding trustees in 1996. Tom spoke of the beginnings of the Fund and commented on how far it had come and changed in response to the changing needs of the members of the Regiment and their families.
Another important acknowledgement on the evening was the support of several schools, including Methodist Ladies College (MLC), Trinity College, Scotch College and Guildford Grammar School for their valuable scholarships. Also, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and Aquinas who provide significant support to our beneficiaries.
Those who attended the evening enjoyed food by Ultimo catering, wine by McHenry Hohnen and beer by Broo. Thank you to photographer Mr Michael Bain for taking photos of the evening.
The evening was also an opportunity to release the 2018 Newsletter, a copy of which can be downloaded via this link. Many thanks to Vanguard Printing for assisting in the production and printing the newsletter.
We thank all our donors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, Trustees and Committee members for all their valued assistance throughout 2018.