Buddy Up Australia gets helping hand from P&N Bank

P&N Bank Whitfords manager Kyle Salomone and Buddy Up national director Megan Davidson. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493708
P&N Bank Whitfords manager Kyle Salomone and Buddy Up national director Megan Davidson. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493708

BUDDY Up Australia, which supports service and ex-service personnel, has received a grant to boost resources for community projects.

National director Megan Davidson said that the Hillarys-based organisation supported the mental and physical wellbeing of those who served or had served in military or emergency services.

“People who have served have been in an organisation where their sense of purpose and identity is high, as well as their fitness level so when they leave, there can be a sense of loss,” she said.

“We are providing the good parts of the service life, including the connection of likeminded people with a similar background – without the high level of risk that comes with service.

“Essentially we are aiming to keep our buddies in the well zone of mental and physical health – including fitness programs, volunteering programs and free counselling.”

Past projects have included creating the first stage of a fruit orchard at Kinross College.

The organisation received $2000 from P&N Bank’s Helping &nds program, which will go towards gardening equipment, work gloves, sunscreen and first aid kits.

“P&N’s Helping &nd program is all about providing financial assistance where it is needed and Buddy Up is a very deserving cause, supporting those who have sacrificed so much for the community,” Whitfords branch manager Kyle Salomone said.

Buddy Up Australia was modelled off a US organisation that enriched the lives of its members and reduced post traumatic stress disorder by offering connection, regular fitness activities and opportunities to volunteer.

The organisation has expanded from Perth to Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra and aims to have chapters in every state by the end of 2020.

To find out more, visit www.buddyupaustralia.org.au .

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