Beer­wah RSL fight­ing back

Work set to con­tinue for our veter­ans

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

THOUGH the Beer­wah & District RSL Sub-Branch no longer owns the build­ing that it orig­i­nally op­er­ated from, the mem­bers have not lost their spirit or en­thu­si­asm for the im­por­tant work of sup­port­ing veter­ans and their fam­i­lies.

Mem­ber for Caloun­dra Mark McArdle re­cently met

❝We

will be here for the long haul and I feel very proud of both the RSL and the mem­bers of this sub-branch

— John Nis­bett

the men and women of Beer­wah & District RSL dur­ing their reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing and said that it was heart­en­ing to see mem­bers un­de­terred by past events.

“Yes they ac­cept they don’t have the build­ing, yet their fo­cus is the fu­ture and I heard in their voices a de­ter­mi­na­tion to get back on top,” Mr McArdle said.

Dur­ing the meet­ing RSL pres­i­dent John Nis­bett told Mr McArdle: “Our role is to look to the fu­ture and work in our com­mu­nity. We have peo­ple that need help and that is why we are here.

“We will be here for the long haul and I feel very proud of both the RSL and the mem­bers of this sub-branch. My fa­ther was a re­turned ser­vice­man who had seen ac­tive ser­vice in Pa­pua New Guinea dur­ing WWII and his spirit is what lives on both in my­self and in the Beer­wah & District Sub-branch,” Mr Nis­bett said.

“I have never served in the mil­i­tary my­self but I know the debt that we owe to those who have. With­out them it would not be the Aus­tralia we have to­day,” Mr McArdle said.

“The motto of the RSL is ‘The price of Lib­erty is Eter­nal Vig­i­lance.’ In our society, in our world the men and women of the RSL are crit­i­cal in un­der­stand­ing these words.

“To be frank, the RSL mem­bers are part of the few who have per­sonal knowl­edge of the mean­ing of the words. Though there are feel­ings for what oc­curred, I for one want them to suc­ceed. I want them, as do they, to pro­vide a link be­tween veter­ans and the sup­port they and their fam­i­lies need. Sadly, many veter­ans don’t know of the as­sis­tance avail­able to them and that is the great­est tragedy of all,” Mr McArdle said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UN­DE­TERRED: Beer­wah & District RSL Sub-branch mem­bers Damian, Leo, John, Libby, John (pres­i­dent), Ray, Ken and Ron.

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