“We held a big party night at the Burgh Workers on the 23rd May thanks to great assistance from Jackie and the staff, I had two live bands, the giggle booth and Pommy Andy trivia”, said Simon Reynolds, ex Para Commando Senior Sergeant in the British Army, and now Helensburgh local. “This helped us to climb above the $4000 mark in our fundraising efforts.”
“I have had great support from the local community with special mentions to Jenny and Art of The J Train, and Mark of iMark Music for the live acts, Pommy Andy Trivia, The Giggle Booth mobile photo booth, the Mums and staff at The Burgh Public School, Star Shots photo studio for $1700 of gifts, Dave Oliphant for the loan of equipment and Berny, Rhonda and the staff at the pub for my ‘open mic’ event and raffle there, plus all the local businesses on Walker St and Parkes St who kindly donated raffle prizes. It has been an awesome response locally and I love the Burgh even more for it! I have never lived anywhere else longer as I moved a lot as a child and then spent most of my working life in the British Army so I call the Burgh home now!”
In case you have not heard about this venture, ‘Operation Peace Warriors’ will take place along the Kokoda Track in July 2014. A 4 man team of former British and Australian Commando Soldiers and Athletes will attempt to complete the Kokoda Track, ‘Army (Hard Routine) Jungle Patrol style’, in 6 days, with minimal support and carrying all of their own equipment weighing up to 35kg (twice the amount that the local porters are allowed to carry), food, water and safety stores in order to raise money and awareness for ‘Enough Is Enough’ anti violence movement and counseling services.
“We still have lots to do before the trip – loads more training, planning, getting visas, Doctors Certs, immunisations, malaria pre treatment of gear, research, provisioning for food, equipment etc, booking of flights/Accom for the first and last night. My team are spread around the globe so lots of emails, calls and organising to pull it all off! All on top of my three businesses, three kids, a dog, a motorbike, a car and a London Bus to sort before I go! Thank God I have an awesome Aussie sheila, I mean my wife Collette!!! I have had loads of help from Wayne Wetherall and his staff at Kokoda Spirit (google it) who has given us great deals on the trek and heaps of help and support in the planning phase. Last but not least, one of the team members Andy Lloyd, a personal friend and training partner and the best runner to come out of Australia. He is supplying the whole team with ‘GU’ energy products.”
The Magical Mystery Tour will take place on Wednesday 18th June at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm with 1 hour party trips at just $5 per person or $15 for 1 Adult and 3 kids. Bookings can be made at Helensburgh Public School office 4294 1332, or call Simon 0405 824 626.