The July to September quarter has
been a productive period for the First Barton Platoon.
Our priorities for the third quarter 2014 were to; provide birthday gifts to
socially isolated seniors at Amaroo Village Gosnells; donate toys to
Benevolent Hands Eid al Fitr celebration; provide food to homeless people;
provide books and magazines to public libraries and hospitals and
recruitment. All but the last have been achieved, which is a tribute to the
industriousness and commitment of our team.
Sgt Amanda Casselton continues to be a valuable team member. Her suggestion
that the Platoon provide presents to residents of Amaroo Retirement Village
has been implemented during the last three months. Feedback from Amaroo
staff is that residents appreciate the gifts provided by RHRL, so Sgt
Casselton has made a real difference to people’s lives. She has collected
magazines for hospital patients and played an important role in supporting
refugees, including baking a cake for a fundraising event, providing
clerical support to Benevolent Hands and providing toys for refugee
Cpl Lisa ‘Aliyah’ Oliver is a stalwart participant our work. She contributed
gifts for seniors and magazines for hospitals, each of which has brought
pleasure to disadvantaged people. Cpl Oliver also helped our fundraising for
refugees and, with her husband, brought toys for refugee children which the
Platoon distributed in concert with Benevolent Hands. Again her contribution
to the Platoon is appreciated.
Our supporter Pamela Searle continues to help homeless people, providing
food to people begging in inner city Perth. She has also donated clothing,
and other items, to charity.
Our other supporter, Jennifer Jenkins, contributes to our work with seniors,
donating a box of large print books which were given to Amaroo Village for
the resident’s library.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Australians
The Platoon posted information on the closure of the My Language website on
the Western Australian Information Network (WAIN) and the Warren Blackwood
Human Services Network (WBHSN).
Cpt. Barton posted information on WAIN about introductory Turkish classes,
offered by Turkish Australia Culture House.
Activities July to September 2014
Cpt. Barton posted information about
the 24th Annual Silent March Against Domestic Violence, organized by the
Woman’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services, on WBHSN.
The Platoon donated a 10 volume Funk and Wangle’s Wildlife Encyclopedia to
the Manjimup Woman’s Refuge. Mrs. Maureen Barton delivered the books.
The Platoon donated toys and
children’s books to a single parent family.
The Platoon donated seven copies of
The Economist, Policy and The Spectator Australia to the Manjimup Medical
Centre, a bulk-billing medical clinic. Mrs. Maureen Barton delivered the
Cpt. Barton and Sgt Casselton donated 32 copies of Australian Woman’s
Weekly, The Big Issue, Delicious, Foreign Affairs, Gourmet Traveler, Scoop,
Skeptical Inquirer, The War Cry, The Weekend Australian Magazine and Wheels
Magazine to the Mental Health Ward at Royal Perth Hospital.
Cpt. Barton and Cpl. Oliver donated 18 copies of The Australasian Coin and
Banknote Review, Ms, The Spectator and The Weekend Australian Magazine to
the Armadale Health Service Mental Health Inpatients Facility.
Ms. Searle donated good quality second hand clothing to the McGrath
Ms. Searle donated tea and coffee to GROW Chapter Melville.
Ms. Searle donated good quality household goods to the Red Cross.
Ms. Searle twice drove a cancer patient, from the country, to medical
Cpt. Barton and Ms. Searle fed 38 homeless people in inner city Perth.
The Platoon posted information on
Western Australian NAIDOC Week events on WAIN and WBHSN.
Cpt. Barton, Sgt Casselton and Cpl.
Oliver donated the July, August and September 2014 editions of The Monthly;
Quarterly Essay No. 54; Dragon’s Tail- The Lucky Country After the China
Boom; Quarterly Essay No. 55; A Rightful Place: Race, Recognition and a More
Complete Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs July-August and September-October
2014 to the Shire of Manjimup Public Library. Feedback from library staff
indicates that clients appreciate these materials.
Cpt. Barton and Cpl. Oliver donated copies of Australians in the First World
War and Principality of Hutt River; How it Came to Be to the Small Business
Development Corporation staff library.
The Platoon sent information of the Carley and Kumer English readers to the
coordinator of the English Language Friends program at the Manjimup
Cpt. Barton and Cpl. Oliver provided
a dictionary, donated by Ms. Alison Higgins to the Manjimup Community
Resource Centre’s English Language Friends Program.
Cpt. Barton and Sgt Casselton
provided ongoing secretarial support to Benevolent Hands Inc.
The Platoon donated toys and children’s books to Benevolent Hands
Eid-al-Fitr celebration. Cpt. Barton, Sgt. Casselton, Cpl. Oliver donated
toys and collected gifts donated by Ms. Jennifer Jenkins, Mr. Paul Harvey
Richardson and Ms. Isabel Smith. Lt. Barton and Sgt. Casselton attended the
celebration and distributed presents to approximately 25 Middle Eastern
Cpt. Barton and Sgt. Casselton donated a copy of Lenin by Sean Sheehan to a
teenage Iraqi refugee studying Russian History at High School.
The platoon organized a fundraising dinner to raise money for Benevolent
Hands. Cpt. Barton prepared invitations and organized a lucky dip, with
prizes donated by Booksabillia, Sgt Casselton provided a cake and Cpl.
Oliver provided paper plates and cutlry. Dame Maha Mohammed DCIOM provided
food, Ms. Aisha Novakovich CM opened her house for the event and Duaa
Masarji provided cupcakes. The event raised $300.00 for Benevolent Hands.
Cpt. Barton and Sgt. Casselton donated a copy of the February 2012 issue of
the Directory of Australian Associations, provided by the Small Business
Development Corporation, to Benevolent Hands.
Sgt Casselton supported an Iraqi artist’s application for a corporate grant
by proof-reading his CV and short biography.
Rural and Regional
The Platoon donated over 200 used
postage stamps to the Manjimup Branch of the Country Woman’s Association who
will sell them for fundraising. The stamps were donated by Cpt. Barton, Sgt.
Casselton, Cpl. Oliver and Mr David Whitford.
The Platoon provided the Boyanup Foundation with information on WBHSN so
that they could promote their activities.
Cpt. Barton cut wood for the Manjimup Branch of the Country Woman’s
Cpt. Barton and Cpl. Oliver donated a copy of The Australian Light Horse to
the Manjimup Branch of the Red Cross, as a raffle prize.
Cpt. Barton, Sgt. Casselton and Cpl.
Oliver donated birthday gifts to ten socially isolated seniors living in
Amaroo Retirement Village. Gifts provided by the platoon included soap,
chocolates, paintings, books and knitted scarves. The Platoon would like to
acknowledge the support of Booksabillia, Mr. Mark Chown, Mrs. Shirley Cook
and Ms. Kelly Cracknell.
Cpt. Barton and Cpl. Oliver delivered 11 large print books, donated by Ms.
Jennifer Jenkins, to Amaroo Retirement Village.
The platoon provided a copy of
Miller’s Australian Competition and Consumer Law Annotated Edition, donated
by the WA Parliamentary Library, to a single parent studying law at the
University of Western Australia.
Priorities for Last
• Continue to provide birthday gifts
to socially isolated seniors at Amaroo Village Gosnells.
• Donate toys to Starick Services for Christmas.
• Continue to provide food to homeless people.
• Continue to provide books and magazines to public libraries and hospitals.
• Continue to provide secretarial support for Benevolent Hands.
Yours in H.R.H. service,
Cpt. Sir Richard Ananda Barton KCOWL, MIOM, MCM
1st Barton Platoon
Royal Hutt River Legion