The Nerang RSL Sub Branch has expanded its welfare services, on the back of a grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veteran and Community Grants Program, and welcomed a new set of wheels!
The Nerang RSL Sub Branch van, an LDV G10 People Mover, is equipped with nine seats and a spacious interior for extra ease and comfort for its guests.
Nerang RSL Sub Branch Secretary, David Barnicoat, says the Sub Branch is extremely grateful for the vehicle which will be used to assist veterans and their families.
“The Sub Branch is very thankful for the grant received which has greatly assisted us in the purchase of this new vehicle and has enabled the Sub Branch to expand our services for veterans and the local community,” said David.
“The vehicle is used to assist veterans who might require some additional help or don’t have access to the required facilities to get to places they need to be.
“The van is operated by our volunteers at the Sub Branch who pick up and drop off those who require transport, whether it is for meetings that our Sub Branch members might need to attend, or doctor’s appointments and general transportation.”
David says the vehicle is a welcomed addition to the Sub Branch, particularly with the new year ahead and plans for the Sub Branch to expand its support network.
“One of the key objectives of the Sub Branch is to continue to support veterans and their families and deliver on our commitments, while also being in a position to help out further in the community.
“The volunteers at the Sub Branch look forward to helping out where needed and having a chat along the way to those who use the service.”
For more information, please contact the Sub Branch at Nerang RSL.
Get To Know The Man Behind The Legend, held at the Nerang RSL and Memorial Club in support of the Men of League Foundation, will return next month to see the local community gather with mateship and compassion over a BBQ, bevvies and all things footy!
The Men of League Foundation provides support to those involved in the mighty game of Rugby League at any level. Whether players, coaches and referee officials or administrators, club volunteers and beyond, the foundation provides assistance to those who have fallen on challenging times and require support from their own.
Nerang RSL and Memorial Club has been involved with the foundation for over six years and RSL Board Member – and footy fanatic, coach of league referees and the night’s official emcee – Lloyd Evans, says Nerang RSL is pleased to continue supporting the initiative.
“Within Rugby League or any part of the community, there is always going to be someone who is facing a hard time and requires help whether financial, emotional, medical or another type of assistance,” said Lloyd.
“Nerang RSL is honoured to be able to do its part in supporting fantastic initiatives like Men of League so that the foundation can continue to help change lives.
“To date Nerang RSL has donated around $30,000 through its Punters’ Club, footy tipping, the NRL Calcutta, raffles and donations raised at our annual Men of League nights.
“It’s always humbling to see the local community gather with a sense of mateship and teamwork, two pillars the game has been built on, and I have no doubt they will again for what will be Nerang RSL’s seventh season supporting the foundation.”
The night has previously attracted footy stars including Tommy Raudonikis OAM, Ben Hannant and Chris Lawler and this year will see ex Kangaroos and Manly Sea Eagles player and past coach of South Sydney Rabbitohs, Steve Martin, take to the microphone.
Aptly named ‘Get To Know The Man Behind The Legend,’ Lloyd says the event allows the community to do just that, with plenty of snags and bevvies to go around.
“The purpose of Nerang RSL’s Get To Know The Man Behind The Legend is to raise a dollar for Men of League in a way that the community can enjoy themselves,” said Lloyd.
“People generally have an idea of what players have done throughout their career and what they’ve achieved, but often times we don’t know how they got there, about their families or events that made them who they are today.
“It’s an opportunity to get to know the player beyond the footy field and in the past our speakers have really opened up and we’ve been able to learn so much about them. It’s great to see the players often stick around to chat to the community and mingle with the members over a BBQ put on by the RSL.
“I encourage the community to come along to the next event and everyone is welcome whether Nerang RSL members, footy fanatics, families or kids! It’s a great night and what makes it even better is that it’s all in support of a fantastic cause.”
For further information on the Men of League Foundation, visit www.menofleague.com
What brought you to the RSL and what is involved in your role?
“I was looking for something new and a bit of diversity in my role so I decided to apply at the club and have been here for nearly two years now. I started out on the floor and have recently been promoted to Senior Steward at Gallipoli which I’m really enjoying. Some of my tasks within my role include the day to day running of the restaurant, making sure staff are happy and ensuring our customers are having a good experience. My grandfather was the president of the Sub Branch and my sister worked at the club before going on maternity leave so I’ve always known about Nerang RSL and I feel very honoured to now also be involved at the club.”
What do you most enjoy about your role and what is something you look forward to?
“I enjoy being able to walk around and interact with members and guests and there’s always something to do at the RSL which keeps me busy. I’m really looking forward to the learning opportunities that will come from being promoted to a Senior Steward and am also quite excited about the upcoming renovations for Nerang RSL.”
What is your ‘go to’ wine and meal on the menu?
“The Gallipoli Beef Burger is definitely a great option and if I were to recommend a wine, it would be the Amisfield Pinot Noir.”
What is something you’ve learnt along the way at Nerang RSL?
“Nerang RSL is a very supportive environment and there are often numerous training sessions offered to staff so that we can continue to learn in our roles. Through some of these training sessions, I’ve been able to gain a lot of insight into the array of wines and the different products we offer at the club. Andrew McInnes has also taught me a lot which I really appreciate because it’s a great feeling knowing that you have the support of your employer.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“You’ll usually find me at the gym, the beach or relaxing with my partner.”
Nerang RSL’s official Pig Out Pie Eating Contest made its debut over the Australia Day weekend and local pie fanatic, Chad ‘Froman’ Jones, put on a champion show to secure the top spot in the contest, now set to be held annually at the club.
The competition saw five entrants battle it out to see who could consume six pies or be the first to finish all six of their pies – in just six minutes.
With a crowd of onlookers and supporters, pies were demolished by the minute and it was Chad, 26, who managed to scoff all six pies in an astounding two minutes and 13 seconds – with room for dessert afterward.
Chad, who has competed in a number of eating competitions across the country, says he couldn’t look past the opportunity to get involved in Nerang RSL’s Pig Out Pie Eating Contest.
“My friends tagged me in a post for the Pig Out Pie Eating Contest on Facebook so I messaged Ben at the RSL to confirm there was a place in the contest and what the rules were and it went from there,” he said.
“I went into the contest feeling quite confident and had done a couple of practice runs in the lead-up, which involved timing myself and trialing different techniques so that I could stick to the fastest tactic for the contest.
“I was focussed on eating the pies as fast as I could and although they were quite hot, I didn’t let it phase me and kept on powering through. Capacity wise it was easy and I ended up having dessert afterward,” he laughed.
Chad has made history as Nerang RSL’s first Pig Out Pie Eating Contest winner and for his champion efforts on the day, the RSL’s pie of the day for the next year has been named ‘Froman Special Pie Of The Day.’
“It is pretty awesome to have a pie named after me. I’ve won a few eating competitions before, but I’ve never had food named after me,” said Chad.
“Nerang RSL’s Pig Out Pie Eating Contest is my favourite eating contest I’ve done so far because the crowd was like no other. Everyone was cheering us on and it was a really great atmosphere to be part of.
“I’m stoked to be the first official Pig Out Pie Eating Contest winner and I’ll absolutely be back next year!”
Keeping fit, healthy and getting involved in sporting events across the community is one way Nerang RSL and Memorial Club Sub Branch member, Sean De Gelder, now likes to spend his days. Often waking up at the crack of dawn to tackle his fitness goals, Sean has become involved in numerous triathlons, bike rides, and swimming carnivals and we’re delighted to profile the ex-serviceman, who is using his experiences to positively influence and encourage fellow veterans, in this edition of The Stentorian.
A veteran of International Force East Timor (INTERFET) and serving in 1999, 2006 and 2010, Sean was part of the multinational force which was formed to address the declining security and humanitarian state in East Timor. Following his time in the Defence Force, Sean began to experience the challenging effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and was introduced to the Veteran Health Association (VHA) which he says assisted him greatly, and introduced him to the Sub Branch at Nerang RSL.
“I’m very thankful for the support I’ve received from the VHA and the gents at the Sub Branch and from the RSL itself, it has definitely made an impact on my life for the better,” said Sean.
“I know how exercise can assist with emotional health and I wanted to get into fitness so after speaking with the Sub Branch, they went out of their way to help me achieve that. I was keen to get involved in events like triathlons and before I knew it, the Sub Branch guys were going into sporting stores and speaking with other triathletes to put me in touch with the right people.
“It was really encouraging and it’s a nice feeling to know there are places in the community like Nerang RSL and the Sub Branch that want to help and provide support.”
On the back of a sponsorship from the Nerang RSL, Sean kicked off 2019 competing in the Queensland Triathlon Series. He pushed through a grueling 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run to claim a very commended 6th place!
“Sporting events can be quite expensive to compete in so I’m extremely thankful to the Nerang RSL for sponsoring my involvement in the Queensland Triathlon Series. I was able to purchase a bike and a custom made competition suit with the Club’s logo on it – that I wore with great pride,” said Sean.
“I did quite a bit of swimming and bike riding to prepare for the event and I’m generally happy with placing 6th in the Olympic distance category. Being my first Olympic distance triathlon, I was honestly just happy I was able to finish the event,” he laughed.
As part of his involvement in the Queensland Triathlon Series, Sean also represented PTSD Resurrected which runs a Reboot Combat Recovery course providing help for service members, first responders and their families.
Since graduating from the course alongside his wife, Leanne, Sean has become a mentor for Reboot and says the course has helped him manage the effects of PTSD and anxiety.
“The Reboot course, in addition to my own spiritual healing and church community, has helped me very much in the challenges I’ve faced with PTSD and anxiety,” said Sean.
“I completed the Reboot course at the start of 2018 and it was an experience that helped both Leanne and myself understand PTSD and anxiety, and ultimately what we were going through.
“I’m looking forward to being a mentor. I believe veterans that have experienced, or currently experience PTSD are often some of the best at helping others because they have a personal understanding and can share their experiences.”
Since becoming involved and receiving support from organisations and groups across the local community, Sean has referred a number of fellow veterans to these groups and says through also focusing on activities he enjoys, such as triathlons, he hopes to encourage others to step into something they enjoy.
“For me, competing in events like triathlons gives me something to focus on and look forward to. I enjoy putting my energy into setting fitness goals and training to achieve them, and it helps me maintain a healthy diet along the way too,” said Sean.
“I hope to compete in a few more triathlons this year, but I’m currently preparing for a swimming carnival in February and another in March as part of the Australian Imperial Forces. The carnival will be held in Melbourne and was originally formed for wounded veterans that returned from WW1 to help with their rehabilitation. All RSLs across Australia can get involved and it’s a great day and a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow veterans.
“I’ve found something I really enjoy doing and hope to encourage fellow veterans to do the same, whether it’s a new activity you might be interested in or a hobby you did previously that you enjoyed.
“Places like the Sub Branch at Nerang RSL are great environments to meet other veterans that you might share a similar interest with, or you could meet someone who can connect you with a contact. It’s great to have the support of Nerang RSL and the gents at the Sub Branch because it shows that there are people out there who care and it’s great to have that base support…Nerang RSL and Memorial Club is like no other.”