CHAPTERS

FIND YOUR LOCAL CHAPTER FOR EVENTS

Perth (North)

Buddy Up Australia Perth Chapter

As a trek leader, Megan Davidson will run hikes around the Perth region (focusing on the northern suburbs). Also on offer is yoga and bike rides and special events that are always on offer in Perth like the MSWA Stair challenges, fun runs etc.

Perth have been involved in various volunteering opportunities including planting a mature orchard through Kinross College, making meals for the homeless and supporting the Police v Fire & Rescue footy match.

To get in touch, email megan@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Hobart

Buddy Up Australia Hobart Chapter

Kris Amiet is a machine and if he isn’t then we want to know what he eats!

He runs PT sessions for members to cater for all fitness levels. He takes people on hikes throughout the amazing Tasmanian wilderness and has offered many events including surfing lessons and sea kayaking.

Kris has organised a few volunteering events as well as some great social dinners to connect the families. Other social events have included a visit to Bruny Island and laser tag.

To get in touch and find out more email kris@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Canberra

Tony Mitchell and Bek Milne run the show in Canberra.

Bek has a military background and is a keen State Emergency Services volunteer. More of a road runner than trails, you can convince Bek to hike if there are some photo opportunities on offer. Bek LOVES parkrun and would love to hang out with you at any of the ACT or surrounding events and grab a coffee and breaky afterwards, preferably with bacon on it. park run offers something for everyone because if you don’t run, you can walk or volunteer.

Tony also has a military background and you’ll often find him walking up Mt Ainslie a few times a week.

canberra@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Brisbane

Mark Amiet is the Chapter Leader for South East Queensland. With the help of Ray Baker and Andrea Turner they are very much about getting out and about in some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia. They offer regular hikes & fitness classes (for all levels) in addition to supporting other events throughout the year:

We welcome any feedback/ideas on future events. To get in touch and find out more email brisbane@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Cairns

Brett Neale has recently completed 30 years in the Australian Army and is keen to get some fitness activities off the ground. With the help of his wife Sharon, he will be offering Pilates, and fitness sessions. He also has a keen interest in theatre and will introduce this to members in the future.

Thanks for your service Brett!

To get in touch and find out more email info@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Shoalhaven

Buddy Up Australia Shoalhaven Chapter

Amy Vickers is currently serving in the Royal Australian Navy at Jervis Bay. She has worked with Trojan’s Treks and is passionate about supporting members to get back in to the well zone of mental and physical health. She has organised SUP and Cuppa days for those who love the water as well as a few hikes. She’s keen to hear what events you’d like to see happening.

She is also liaising with the Illawarra and Batesman Bay leaders to coordinate more activities for the region.

To get in touch and find out more email shoalhaven@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Perth (South)

There’s so much that Adam brings to the role that it’s hard to capture it all here. He has worked as a career firefighter, had some time in the Australian Federal Police and is also ex-Army.

He describes himself as an imperfect human trying to balance living, playing & working. He’s had 10 years recovery from PTSD, alcohol & other drug dependence.

Adam loves most outdoor, natural & cultural adventures and is looking forward to sharing that with the Perth members!

To get in touch and find out more email perth@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Illawarra

Buddy Up Australia

Ben Golding is an Australian Army veteran and our new Chapter Leader for the Illawarra area. As a recent newcomer to the area himself, he is keen to kick start some regular sport and social activities in and around the Wollongong area and begin building a supportive community of serving and ex-serving members and their families.

Ben is keen to engage with members from the emergency services as well as those with a military  background. He is hoping to collaborate with as many other local service organisations and associations as possible to help make this happen.

If you live in the Illawarra or surrounding areas and are looking for connection and purpose through social and sporting activities, then please reach out to Ben and get involved with the fledgling Illawarra Chapter.

Email Ben at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Forster, NSW

Shane spent 11 years in the Australian Army before working in the Marine industry, where he owned his own Marine business. When his mental health was challenged, he spent 12 months travelling Australia before settling in Forster on the Mid-North Coast of NSW. Since then, Shane has used many natural remedies to enable him to stay naturally happy and healthy and enjoys sharing this knowledge. He runs Aroma Yoga classes aimed at balancing emotions naturally and sleep classes at the local Yoga Studio. He is very drawn to water and a lot of the activities he will run will revolve around that passion. Shane will run yoga classes and has some great contacts throughout the area to help people realise their true potential naturally. With such a beautiful backyard on the mid north coast of NSW, Shane is looking forward to exploring it with our members and supporters

To get in touch and find out more email forster@buddyupaustralia.org.au

Batemans Bay

Anthony is a Veteran who completed 14 years in the Army during two separate enlistments and now really happy to be the Batemans Bay chapter leader.

Discharging from the Army in 2013, he worked through personal and professional challenges from his overseas deployments and overcoming these, he transitioned to the underground mining industry where he’s currently enjoying a very rewarding career.

A huge fan of coffee, the outdoors, the ocean, bike rides, exploring and seeking out opportunities to enrich the mind. Always keen to link up with Buddy Up members from other areas who are interested or visiting the Batemans Bay area.

Get in touch with Anthony email him: batemansbay@buddyup.org.au

Event Leaders

Buddy Up Australia

Are you keen to run events in your area but don’t know that you want to be a Chapter Leader?

Have you served in the military or emergency services or an immediate family member of someone who has?

If you answered yes to these questions then we’d love to hear from you.

Email us at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au or call our 1300 030 354 number and we’ll call you back.

Event App

Thanks to Team RWB in the US, we have access to their awesome events app. That means when you become a member of Buddy Up Australia you get access to the app and all the events that we have on offer as well as theirs.

If you’re travelling then this is a fantastic way to connect straight away into events with like-minded people.

Get in touch to find out more at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au or call our 1300 030 354 number and we’ll call you back.

Are you our next Chapter leader? Can you coordinate events? Do you have a passion for supporting those who have served or are serving in our military or emergency services and their immediate families?

It’s fantastic if you’re qualified to run fitness sessions. If you’re not, that’s ok because you can tap in to the smorgasbord of local offerings e.g. Frontline Yoga, fitness clubs, Pilates studios etc.

Get in touch to find out more at info@buddyupaustralia.org.au and we’ll support you to get your chapter off and running … or walking or kayaking 😉

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