Task Group Taji Raise Money for Charity
7 June 2016
Australian and New Zealand soldiers from Task Group Taji in Iraq have raised nearly $US2400 for two Defence related charities.
After conducting a number of fundraising activities during the deployment, $US1550 will be donated to Legacy while $US800 will be given to the New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust.
The money was raised through raffles held at Taji Military Complex, Iraq. They not only provided the soldiers of the Task Group with a way to support those in need but also boosted welfare and morale.
The money was split between the charities based on the number of personnel from each country in the Task Group.
New Zealand TG member Captain M (who can’t be named for security reasons) said the fundraising formed an important part of life at Taji.
"We held a number of raffles this year which was a great way to boost morale," he said.
"While we all hoped we won the prizes we didn't mind too much if we didn't as we knew all the money raised would go to worthwhile causes."
Task Group Taji welfare committee member Captain Clay Baker said the Task Group never failed to support the fundraising activities.
"Each activity was supported with great enthusiasm by everyone, which was excellent," he said.
The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust provides support to New Zealand's wounded or injured servicemen and women and the families of those who have been killed in the service of their country.
CAPT M said the Kiwi members of the Task Group were proud to support the trust.
"The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust provides excellent support to Kiwi servicemen and women and their families and we are honoured to support them in any small way," he said.
Legacy is a volunteer organisation which provides services to families of veterans who have died. Legacy's services assist over 80,000 widows and 1800 children and dependents of service personnel.
CAPT Baker said Legacy had provided significant support to Defence families for many years.
"Legacy has a long history of helping servicemen and women and their families so we thought it was appropriate they received our support," he said.