Plight of our Homeless Diggers
It may surprise some, but right here in Australia there is over 3200 military veterans sleeping on the streets of our cities and towns. After volunteering their efforts they now find themselves, for whatever reason, homeless and destitute.
One might ask themselves, is this what these brave men and women fought for? Is this the thanks they get from a grateful country?
Personally I find it abominable that this is the end result of a person's courage to put their lives on the line for the sake of other's, so that we can enjoy the democracy and freedom that we take so much for granted.
Well, we all have the capacity to do some small thing to help change that. On the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September a sleep out is being held in Queen's Park, Maryborough to help raise awareness and funds for these vulnerable people.
Operation Stone Pillow Maryborough is being held as part of Exercise Stone Pillow, a series of events around the country for the reasons mentioned above.
More information of the local event can be obtained from the Operation Stone Pillow Maryborough Facebook page, while information regarding other events can be obtained from either the "Ex Stone Pillow" Facebook page, or from http://www.diggersupport.org/
We are trying to get volunteers from service clubs to help with this event and will also be in contact with various other groups, organisations and businesses in Maryborough/Hervey Bay.
Hungry Jacks Maryborough have been kind enough to donate vouchers as prizes for youngsters getting involved, and Fraser Coast Regional Council have permitted the use of the Park and have also donated the use of electricity from the Band Rotunda to assist us.
We appreciate the support we have received so far and are looking forward to anyone putting their hand up to either assist over the 24 hour period, or to make a donation, or to get some sponsors and join in the sleep out.
We are also asking that there be adult supervision for children 16 years and under.