RSL AUSTRALIAN FORCES OVERSEAS FUND (NSW DIVISION)

HONORARY SECRETARY (AFOF) REPORT

In 2015 RSL AFOF provided parcels to serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police posted overseas. The majority of these personnel serve in peacemaking missions on a six month rotation basis and, to ensure that each receives the benefit of a package during their period of service, the packages are made available for delivery twice yearly. These packages are loosely referred to as the mid-year and Christmas packages.

In 2015, RSL AFOF (NSW Division) commitment to supporting of serving ADF members around the globe continued as follows:

  • HMA Naval Ships on deployment with Operation Slipper were provided with Satellite TV services.
  • Providing support of Cultural Tours for HMA Ships whilst on deployment on OPERATION SLIPPER.
  • Providing to the ADF troops serving in the MEAO with recreational equipment.
  • Provide support to cover expenses, allowances and in theatre flights for Forces Entertainment personnel & entertainers.
  • Provide support to the ADF troops serving with the HQ633 as AMAB in the UAE with recreational equipment and amenities.
  • Provide support to the ADF troops serving at ISF HQ in Kabul.
  • Provide support to the ADF troops serving at HQ Taji in Iraq.
  • Provide support to the ADF troops serving Operation Paladin.
  • Provide support to the ADF troops serving HQ633 at the AMAB from the MFO in the Sinai.

This ongoing support has led to a special relationship being formed between the ADF and RSL AFOF (NSW Division), especially with our support of Adaptive Sports.

RSL AFOF in 2015 continued with its support to the men and women participating in the Canadian inter Sports Camp These Games allows Servicemen, Ex-servicemen and women to compete in an array of different Winter sports. The Games offers a host of benefits to injured soldiers that are about more than just physical rehabilitation. The Games also offers opportunities to ill or injured troops to become more active through sport. RSL AFOF (NSW Division) was able to help outfit the ADF Ex-Service Contingent in the appropriate clothing.

This supports RSL AFOF (NSW Division) policy of providing ongoing support of to our ADF personnel in what ever ways that we can be of service.

2015 continued the tradition where we saw volunteers from RSL State Branch, RSL sub-Branches and Civilians from the Defence Department and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs joining with serving members of the Deployed Forces Support Unit (39th Battalion) at Randwick Barracks in NSW to pack over 3500 parcels, both May and November, for shipment overseas.

These RSL AFOF parcels were sent to points on the globe where ADF personnel are serving. Australia has large numbers of personnel serving in these overseas missions. The packages contained various items to remind personnel of home, and included ANZAC biscuits, glucose confectionary, salted peanuts, muesli bars, lollies, a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians, and Membership contact details. 

It should be noted that it is essential for the Fund to keep sufficient finances on hand, so that in the event of a sudden requirement, RSL AFOF can act immediately in support of our forces.