Santa has also delivered us an early Christmas present from TomTom.
TomTom have supplied us with one of their latest in vehicle GPS units, the 5200.
Three Bandit Action Cameras. Two of the cameras were provided by TomTom for us to sell/auction with 100% of the proceeds of the sales going to our MYCAUSE page and will be split evenly between our Beneficiaries. They have also provided us with accessories for the Action Cameras.
Thank you TomTom team. We really appreciate your support!
One of our fantastic sponsors REDARC got into the Christmas spirit by supplying us with a bag full of electrical equipment for our vehicle/camper trailer (when we get them).
A 2000 watt 12v DC to 240v AC inverter that can power a computers, lights, fridge etc.
A battery charger, 75W solar blanket, relay and wiring to ensure we have charged batteries even when we are not running the engine.
They also supplied us with their Tow-Pro Elite Electric Brake Controller.
Thanks to REDARC for their support of our event!
We want to say thank you to everyone who has provided us with support this year and wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
We have been very surprised and grateful to people and organisations who have been there for us, whether it is emotional, financial, by sponsoring us with goods/services or giving us advice. Hopefully Santa will bring us the gift of a off-road camper trailer or a four wheel drive.
We are really looking forward to our journey and raising awareness of our two beneficiaries.
We also want to thank the following organisations who have been and still are working hard in the background trying to organise sponsorship through their own networks/contacts. Hopefully we will have more sponsors join us really soon.
Please remember the people within your own network/community that are vulnerable at this time of year and be ready to support them.
As we advised yesterday Paul and Kirstine were going to be interviewed on 6PR Perth Tonight last night. We are pleased to say that the interview went great and we got to discuss our event and the reasons why.
Unfortunately we were not given enough time to thank all our fantastic sponsors. The whole interview was only 10 minutes, but thankfully they really pushed this website and we have noticed a significant jump in page views since the interview.
If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here.
Another positive of the interview is that they were encouraging the vehicle dealerships that listen in and support this radio station to consider helping us out with a 7 seat four wheel drive for the event. Hopefully someone does jump on board and supports us soon with a vehicle as our only transport is currently a hire car and that needs to go back in two weeks.
Thank you again to the team at 6PR Perth Tonight for supporting us and our event! We will definitely keep them up to date with what is happening as per their request.
Tonight at 9:30pm we are going to be on 6PR Perth talking about our event, our Beneficiaries and the hard work that they do every day improving peoples lives. If you cannot listen in live, we believe the interview will be available on their website.
It will also give us a chance to talk about our fantastic sponsors!
For those of you still considering sponsoring us, please get in contact with us so that we can promote what you are doing to support us. Naming Rights are still available and we still need a vehicle and an off-road camper trailer.
Future Systems and their businesses Radtel and HFoZ have joined us and will be providing us with free access to the Radtel and HFoZ networks, including calls, GPS Logging, emergency assistance etc. during our trip around Australia. With the High Frequency (HF) radio supplied to us by Barrett Communications, we will have access to a country wide network. Even better, they have asked what else we need, so stay tuned as we may be adding more gear to our list of Offered Goods.
Some of Radtel ‘s exclusive features are;
- EXCLUSIVE network frequencies for Radio Telephone use ONLY
- Radtel bases do not share all the same frequencies. This avoids ‘crossed lines’ or ‘multiple calls’ overlapping each other
- RFDS & Police – Direct Selcall
- NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RACT & RAC – Direct selcall
- No call connection fee
- Flat call rate to any phone or mobile in Australia
- Radtel uses brand new ‘State of the Art’ equipment
- A comprehensive range Call Plans available
- Message Service
- Emergency Assistance by 24 HR operator
- Restricting the number of users, thus reducing the problem of congestion.
- No recorded message when a phone receives a call from a HF Radio
HFoZ is Australia’s newest HF Radio Network. As you’ll see from below, HFoZ provides many additional new services, most of which have never been available before in Australia or the world for that matter.
Some of HFoZ‘s exclusive features are;
- Voice Comms – Vehicle to Vehicle
- SMS-PageCall Message Service- Vehicle to Vehicle
- GPS Position Reporting- Vehicle to Vehicle
- GPS Position Report Logging – Vehicle to Base Tracking
- Message Logging Service – Vehicle to Base
- SMS to Mobile Phone
As we get nearer to Christmas, it is important to remember our family, friends, neighbors and work colleagues who may be going through a really tough time. This could be because it is the first Christmas that they are away from their family or friends. It may be that Christmas reminds them of the passing of someone close to them. Maybe they are in financial trouble or they may be a recipient of abuse, bullying or violence. Maybe they are or have been in the military or involved in an emergency service.
Sometimes a simple “hi, how are you today?” is all that is needed to help someone who is struggling to speak up. In some cases they just want company, especially if they are alone at Christmas for the first time. It is not unusual to hear someone say “I didn’t know they were struggling” when a person close to them attempts to or takes their own life.
A few do’s and don’ts;
- Don’t tell them to get over it
- Don’t tell them you know how they feel
- Don’t tell them to grow up or stop being a sook
- Don’t encourage them to drink alcohol or take social drugs
- Do be there for them
- Do encourage them to seek help
- Do listen when they are talking and don’t butt in
People who call Lifeline’s 24-hour crisis support line (13 11 14) do so for a range of reasons including but not limited to; family and relationship concerns, crisis support, suicide prevention, matters relating to abuse and violence, support and information about drug and alcohol use and loneliness.
If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline can be contacted by calling 13 11 14 or online utilising their Crisis Support Chat (www.lifeline.org.au).