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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #50 on: September 08, 2006, 15:54:42 »
Sent a cheque out today for a couple of packs on behalf of the husband and I. Does anyone know whether or not the R22eR has an iniative running along the same lines?

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #51 on: September 29, 2006, 15:04:22 »
Just got off the phone with RHQ in Edmonton to one complain about lack of internet banking (modern technology takes awhile) and two to advise that my cheque is now in the mail too.
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #52 on: September 29, 2006, 16:18:15 »
Following ExistanceE's example, my cheque is in the mail and I cc'd the info to another board that I haunt to challenge my friends to do the same.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2006, 07:57:07 »
I just wanted to thank all involvedin this;

When I got to Germany all I had in the way of clothing and personal hygene kit was what was in that bag.

It made a huge difference and I just wanted to say Thank you all.

And my thanks also goes out to the RCR Association.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #54 on: October 19, 2006, 16:00:26 »
From an old Royal Canadian, let me say how gratifying it is to see you guys rallying around the banner in support of our wounded brethren.

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SUPPORT TO WOUNDED SOLDIERS (Revised 31 Oct 2006)
« Reply #55 on: October 31, 2006, 15:48:27 »
SUPPORT TO WOUNDED SOLDIERS (Revised 31 Oct 2006)

http://thercr.ca/support_our_soldiers.htm

Support to Wounded Soldiers
(Revised 31 Oct 2006)

The Support to Wounded Soldiers program, which originally targeted the raising of funds for Hospital Packs for soldiers wounded on operations in Afghanistan, has met with unexpected success. The Royal Canadian Regiment, and The RCR Association, would like to express their deepest gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this stage of our Support Program. We have received donations not only from members of the regimental family, but also from Canadians and Americans who share our concerns for providing for the well being of our soldiers.

Soldiers who have benefited from the Hospital Pack program have expressed their warmest thanks to all who have contributed. In their moment of greatest need, the generosity of all donors has made it possible to extend this simple but effective gesture to these soldiers on behalf of the Regiment and all who support them.

As of Oct 2006, over $25,000 has been raised towards Hospital Packs. It is hoped, at this time, that this will be sufficient to support that particular initiative for the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Regiment in Afghanistan over the next year, and to be prepared for the deployment of the 3rd Battalion in 2008.

The intent of this program is to support wounded soldiers. Our first priority is to use donations to provide Hospital Packs to units of The Royal Canadian Regiment overseas in case they are needed. In the event that additional Hospital Packs are not required, remaining donations will be used to support wounded soldiers of the Royal Canadian Regiment and details of these new initiatives will be posted here.

The Hospital Pack Program

The Regimental Association of the RCR has in place a support program that provides clothing and amenities to wounded soldiers as they are evacuated from Afghanistan to Germany. These hospital packs were put together following an excellent example set by the PPCLI Association in support of their troops on previous rotations in the theatre.
 
Each pack provided to the soldiers contains sweats, t-shirts, under clothing, toiletries and other small items. They are provided to the soldiers on evacuation and, when the medical system has removed the combat clothing they were wearing, the pack contents become the soldiers' immediate level of support until the means to provide other items at the hospital fills his or her needs. These kits are (and have been) provided to any soldier of the battle group, regardless of their regimental affiliation. (This again follows the fine example set by our sister Regiment.)

This program is being funded through donations to The RCR Association, with each pack costing $100 to assemble.

The individual Hospital packs are assembled by the deployed Battalion's Kit Shop in Canada.

Donations

Donations of any size can be made toward the program, either by cheque to The RCR Association, or by credit card payment by contacting the RCR Kit Shop in London, ON. Cheques should be made out to The RCR Fund and forwarded to the Chairman, The RCR Association, Wolseley Barracks, 750 Elizabeth St, London ON N5Y 4T7.

Individuals will receive a receipt for a charitable donation from the Regiment.

The Regimental Kit Shop in London is now prepared to accept credit card payments in any amount toward the Support to Wounded Soldiers program:

contact@thercrkitshop.com

Ph. 519-660-5332
Fax. 519-660-5344

701 Oxford St East
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Donations page at The RCR Kit Shop website.  - LINK

For those who wish to consider donations to support other regimental programs of The Royal Canadian Regiment, please visit our Fund Development pages here - LINK.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #56 on: October 31, 2006, 15:50:16 »
Wow, that's a great amount!  Congrats to all who contributed!

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #57 on: November 03, 2006, 03:04:55 »
Nice job! I only wish I could afford to donate. I'm a student now, and don't make the same dough I used to in the Army ;)

I'll see what I can scrape out of my change jars!






P.S. that's a lot of sweet RCR swag! I wouldn't mind one of those packs for myself!!!  ;D
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #58 on: November 03, 2006, 05:54:22 »
Just wondering?  How come the Canadian Army or the Canadian taxpayer doesn't supply these hospital packs?  Don't they think of these things?   Makes sense to me.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #59 on: November 03, 2006, 07:25:06 »
Look at it this way, if the CF provided the pack it would probably be done through CFPSA.  The contents would all be standard items labeled "Canadian Forces" or "Army" like the grey sweats and t-shirts sold at Canex.  Allowing the Regiments and their Associations to operate these programs on their own has a few spin off benefits: the soldier receives something from his/her Regiment (or at least the Regiment with which they serve on operations), it promotes that sense of belonging, and it builds an understanding of familial support within a regimental family.  These programs have also presented one of the most direct means by which an average Canadian can provide direct support to a soldier that needs it, even a dump of money from the CF to the Regiment would take away this very important facet of the program.  Its all about the connections we can make: between a Regiment and its soldiers, between those who served before with those who serve now through the Association connections, and between average Canadians and the soldiers who serve their country.  In the big picture its a very small program, but its value on many levels far outweighs the actual cost of the items in the packs.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #60 on: November 03, 2006, 07:29:50 »
Look at it this way, if the CF provided the pack it would probably be done through CFPSA.  The contents would all be standard items labeled "Canadian Forces" or "Army" like the grey sweats and t-shirts sold at Canex.  Allowing the Regiments and their Associations to operate these programs on their own has a few spin off benefits: the soldier receives something from his/her Regiment (or at least the Regiment with which they serve on operations), it promotes that sense of belonging, and it builds an understanding of familial support within a regimental family.  These programs have also presented one of the most direct means by which an average Canadian can provide direct support to a soldier that needs it, even a dump of money from the CF to the Regiment would take away this very important facet of the program.  Its all about the connections we can make: between a Regiment and its soldiers, between those who served before with those who serve now through the Association connections, and between average Canadians and the soldiers who serve their country.  In the big picture its a very small program, but its value on many levels far outweighs the actual cost of the items in the packs.



Well said Michael! As others have said, I personally wouldn't care if the pack came from the "Bucktooth Fusiliers", it is the thought that counts.
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #61 on: November 03, 2006, 09:05:05 »
Michael,

This begs the question of why the Canadian Army isn't doing this program through the very Regiments it deploys into battle?  I'm sure some brainy-types at NDHQ could easily figure this out, instead of relying on Joe-citizen/volunteer to cough up the dough for them. Maybe the shame of it just needs more media exposure?
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #62 on: November 03, 2006, 09:13:11 »
I don't think of it as "shame", I look at it as a chance for the average citizen to help keep up the troops morale and to promote esprit de corps.
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #63 on: November 03, 2006, 09:14:04 »
As a small cog in a big gov't machine myself, trust me - it's probably FAR better having people from a group you're familiar with, members of your "extended family" who directly understand your reality, figuring out  what you need if you're wounded than having the greater government "system" figure it out.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #64 on: November 03, 2006, 09:19:42 »
OK, you need clothes, underwear, soap, shampoo and toothpaste - add the Regimental crest to them, and you're in.  It's not rocket science at all, and it should be funded by the Canadian public, not volunteer donations no matter how well-intended they are.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #65 on: November 03, 2006, 09:29:36 »
Here's the way I see it, from a perspective of a recipiant;

When I was wounded, and they cut off my combats, inserted a catheter and a handfull of IV's, I figured my clothes wearing days where on hold.

When I got to Germany, They wanted me to start walking around (to see if I could), and I would have been happy doing that in a gown and hospital slippers, having regimental clothing to do it in only made it better.

When they showed me the black bag that the Regiment (and all of you) sent, I felt a strong feeling of family.  I had thought the regiment / army bought them until I read this thread, and now I have an even greater feeling of family.

Soldiers who are wounded bad enough to recieve these bags often have access to clothing and toiletries when they get to Germany, weather through the Padres closet, the nursing staff (both US and Canadian) who will bend over backwards to get you what ever you need, fellow troops who grab stuff from your kit before you leave KAF, and / or the military who will go and get you whatever you want if you ask.  For the most part, when you're wounded that bad, clothing is sometimes the last thing on your mind...

But, with that said, being able to wear regimental clothing around the hospital, having a regimental mini flag on your door, and seeing all the other goodies in the bag (post cards, stickers, etc) really helps to make the wounded feel like they're still part of the family and are cared for.

As was said before; if the military bought the bags for the troops, they would be generic.  Having support from the regiment is good for troop morale.  If the military / Government could help subsidize the purchase of the bags per regiment (deployed), I think that would be much better than taking over the program.

Either way, as I've said before, Thank you to everyone involved.   :salute:




P.S. Just a suggestion for future bags; Underwear... even just generic green ones.  Mine were cut off in KAF and I didn't have any until I got back to Canada (about a week).  Just a thought.  
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #66 on: November 03, 2006, 09:31:12 »
Public funding? Interesting theory, but unlikely to occur.

I suggest the other regiments might wish to take note of the RCR's precedent setting standard and implement a similar service when it is their turn to lead.

Good suggestion of the gotchiees, Piper.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #67 on: November 03, 2006, 09:35:38 »
P.S. Just a suggestion for future bags; Underwear... even just generic green ones.  Mine were cut off in KAF and I didn't have any until I got back to Canada (about a week).  Just a thought.  
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #68 on: November 03, 2006, 09:36:48 »
I suggest the other regiments might wish to take note of the RCR's precedent setting standard and implement a similar service when it is their turn to lead.

Actually, The RCR took the idea from a PPCLI initiative.

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #69 on: November 03, 2006, 09:38:15 »
Sorry RHFC_piper,

But I think with proper planning the military could easily buy the "right" hospital kits for it's deployed Regiments when it sends them into harms way.  Just take it out of the defence budget.  What Regiment are you with?

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #70 on: November 03, 2006, 09:45:01 »
But I think with proper planning the military could easily buy the "right" hospital kits for it's deployed Regiments when it sends them into harms way.  Just take it out of the defence budget.

As much as I hate to slam the military / govenment, but when it comes to buying the right stuff and aloting funds where needed, history has shown that they're not the best at it, or particularly quick with it (eg. replacement for sea king)

Having the regiments handle it is a much better way.  More personal.


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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #71 on: November 03, 2006, 14:40:28 »
Actually, The RCR took the idea from a PPCLI initiative.


Brilliant! I guess precedent setting standard must now apply to the PPCLI who STARTED this idea.  :o ProPatria, it must be tough being blinded by Regimental pride, oh well, nice try though. ;D
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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #72 on: November 03, 2006, 15:54:16 »
RHFC_piper,

Gotcha and understood.  Hopefully your buddies in your own Reserve Regiment did the same for you?

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #73 on: November 03, 2006, 15:56:26 »
Actually, The RCR took the idea from a PPCLI initiative.


Really? In that case, I stand corrected!

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Re: RCR Association fundraiser for the wounded
« Reply #74 on: November 03, 2006, 15:58:17 »
That's the wonderful thing about this project, it doesn't matter what regiment you come from, if you're serving with the Royals, they're one of us. They get treated exactly like we would treat any other Royal. After reading Piper's other posts, I know in his heart he's a Royal, and have no problems calling him a fellow Royal.

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