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The Sandbag Times Issue No:58

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The Veterans Magazine


SBT RADIO By AJ ‘Vossie’ Vorster We Need You! Internet radio? Why? Why bother? Well, the way I see it, it serves a number of niche functions – especially useful when veterans get a hold of the platform: · Reaching out directly to specific groups or clubs · Spreading camaraderie among veterans · Reaching out to lonely folk who just need to hear a familiar voice · Promoting upcoming events and gatherings · Stirring memories… and stimulating interaction · Playing good music – mostly ad free – with only veterans and their families in mind · Discuss the joys of EU membership… NOT! We cannot do it all alone – we need YOU… yes, visualise the picture of the Lord Kitchener poster… WE NEED YOU! (Now… I know he isn’t quite as popular as he would’ve believed he was… but I’m only after that image…) And, you may ask… just why we need you? Simple… without you listening and maybe even interacting on the chat line, we’re only speaking to the wind. OK… there’s nothing wrong with that either… but I’m sure you’ll understand that it’s the camaraderie we’re also after. So… I’ve put my case for internet radio… now I’m throwing it over to you. We need participation but we also need DJ’s – likeminded folk who believe the adage… For veterans… by veterans! We understand each other, that’s why we need to talk with each other! Contact us at or tap on the contact page just below the banner and drop us a line! We’re looking forward to your interaction, so… get cracking, WE NEED YOU! PS – If you’re wondering how I fit in – I served in the South African Air Force for 16 years – saw active service in Namibia and Angola but the best for me was the flying – as helicopter flight engineer – along the stunning South African coast. | 10

All Call Signs Around 6 months ago, former Paratrooper and Falklands Veteran, Tony Ferguson, facing an all too familiar scenario of suffering from PTSD and homelessness, approached us with an idea to release a charity single promoting awareness of these issues and the growing rate of suicides within our veteran community. Money raised would be distributed between smaller charities who provided, direct, immediate and critical support for veterans facing homelessness, mental health, PTSD and addiction problems. Initially the group was to be called Veterans Aid based on the “Band Aid” concept. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother” would send a poignant message. We subsequently discovered that we could not use the Veterans Aid name as it was already a registered charity in England. The Charity Veterans Aid have been very supportive throughout with help and advice. Recently we approached the charity “All Call Signs” who provide a peer to peer service for veterans and who successful launched the “Beacon Alert” system via social media immediately alerting as many people as possible about missing vulnerable veterans and encouraging people to help search. The name “All Call Signs” encompassed exactly what we wanted to achieve - all services, every man woman and child coming together to prevent further tragedy. All Call Signs were delighted for us to name our band “All Call Signs” and to become one of the beneficiary charities. Project Director’s Antony Stephen Malone and Donna Armstrong asked Nicki Mortimer and her company “All Call Signs Production LTD” to coordinate PR, Press enquires, finances and project administration ensuring that funds generated get distributed equally to the 12 selected charities involved, minus an administration fee and relevant expenses. The 12 charities are: • Homeless Veterans Project SC049441 • Lee Rigby Foundation • Forgotten Veterans UK • Woody’s Lodge • Help for Homeless Veterans • Outpost Charity • Phoenix Heroes • Pilgrim Bandits • All Call Signs • 353 Charity • Pegasus Appreciation Group • Veterans Aid. In July 2019, Veterans and their children were joined by international singer and Forces Sweetheart Kirsten Orsborn in a recording studio. Kirsten has continuously supported the Forces and Veterans charities for 11 years. Kirsten was adopted by The Royal Marines Association as their sweetheart in 2014 and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in 2018. Kirsten is very proud to be the patron to Minds at War and The Homeless Veterans Project. Charlotte Bailey, owner of the recording studio, Blue Fire Productions, said, “I did not have to think twice about helping out such a fantastic cause. It was great to see so much passion, as well as impressive talent, all in one room. If this single makes a difference to just one veteran, then it is all worth it.”Charlotte advised on the project and was instrumental to the production and promotion. James Beaumont and Max Russell sound engineers helped structure the recording. SAS Legend Rusty Firmin, Patron of the Charity record, Donna, Anthony, Kirsten and other Veterans sang the song with children and supporters of soldier skilled in action while serving their country... Veterans Helping Veterans, Actions Not Words... 11 |

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