Wandering Warriors inaugural event in Sydney, held at the Verandah Bar in the centre of Sydney on what was a wet and cold evening.
The cocktail evening drew a crowd of around 60 supporters including Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST) MAJGEN Jeff Sengleman, DSC, AM, CSC; MAJGEN The Honourable Justice Paul Brereton, AM, RFD; and The Chief Executive Officer of Downer -Engineering, Construction and Maintenance, Mr Brendan Petersen and his wife Desley.
Aside from having an energetic atmosphere and lots of laughter, the event provided a great opportunity for Wandering Warriors to raise awareness of veterans issues and opportunities as well as build the profile and network of our organisation as we expand our national presence.
Wandering Warriors CEO, Bob Brett, MC, explained to guests the importance and value of providing support to veteran’s as they transition from the military to civilian life. The core offerings of Wandering Warriors are focused on setting veterans up for success in terms of both career and personal life. As Bob explained on the night:
“It is critical to not only the well-being of our veterans but also society in general that the skills and values they possess of loyalty, dedication, honour, decision making and results orientation are not lost or diminished through lack of support“.
One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement by Mr Brett Sangster (Downer Executive General Manager and Wandering Warriors Ambassador) and Mr Brendan Petersen (CEO Downer) that Downer will become Wandering Warriors ‘Champions’ under our tiered sponsorship program with a donation of over $20,000. This kind donation is much appreciated and will directly benefit veterans and their families in the coming months.
Individual and corporate supporters spent the evening mixing with other organisations working with veterans including the Veteran’s Centre Sydney Northern Beaches and JP Morgan’s ‘Australian Veterans Job Mission’.
We wish thank all our guests that attended and especially those that have made or pledged personal donations to Wandering Warriors. Your donations are indispensable in keeping an organisation dependent on volunteer efforts functioning successfully.
Wandering Warriors would like to sincerely thank Lin Stenberg and her daughters for managing all the event logistics and making sure we all enjoyed a great night.
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page as we are planning a special corporate event in Sydney before the end of the year.