The gift of Lucky, the dog for young Diggers with PTSD

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Congratulations to everyone that has donated to mycause. We have reached the target that I originally set out to achieve. Any donations from now on is a bonus and it means that we can provide more funds for more assistance dogs. The fundraiser will continue until the end of the year. Young Diggers aims to train 300 dogs this year and I am so proud that we are all apart of their goal. Helping fellow veterans receive assistance dogs is something that is close to my heart. Thank you for your continued support!! Keep spreading the word!!

And a special thank you to everyone in Mount Beauty & Surrounds for your AMAZING support.

Cheers Josh & Lucky


Hi my name is Josh and I am raising funds for 15 rescued dogs to become Assistance Dogs to support our serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who are dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)

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I am a returned servicemen who served in Afghanistan. I deployed 3 times over a period of 4 years and needless to say this was extremely tough on myself and my young family. After returning from deployment I realised that I was not coping and after my wife expressed her concerns I decided to get help. In August 2013 I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as Major Depression. This sent our world into a spin.

In February 2014 my wife made a phone call to the founder of Young Diggers and enquired about the dogs for diggers program. We were unsure of the process that was involved in getting a digger dog but we felt that the question needed to be asked. We were informed that I met the criteria to receive a dog and so the application process began.

In October 2014 I was medically discharged from the Army after almost 10 years of service. Thankfully soon after I received my little miracle. Lucky came in to our family in early December 2014, he is now my assistance dog and goes everywhere with me. He is trained to help me when my anxiety goes up or when I am feeling overwhelmed.

I am fundraising for Young Diggers because they have changed not only mine, but my families' life. This organisation is run only by volunteers, with all donations going to support injured veterans. What I would like to see is a larger foot print and a greater awareness of this wonderful organisation around Australia.

This is where I NEED YOUR HELP.... PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE MY CAUSE

Many people don't understand the importance of an assistance dog for mental illness so I would like to make people aware. Lucky has changed my life for the better and this has a wonderful flow on affect for my family, my friends and my local community. He identifies if i'm depressed and crying, and will lick my face until I tell him its ok. He can also Identify if I am having an anxiety attack and will guide me to a quiet place.

I would love to give this gift to other veterans.

Please help me fundraise enough money to save 15 dogs, and put them through training under the Young Diggers program. The cost is $2500 per dog, I would love to see 15 dogs for 15 diggers in 2015.

Thank you!

I'm raising funds for

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Defence Bank Foundation

The Defence Bank Foundation proudly supports The Defence Community Dogs (DCD) program which trains Dogs to Assistance dog level to provide support to serving and ex-serving Defence members to help them better manage injuries and illnesses including Post-traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).

JN

About Fundraiser

Joshua New

Tawonga south VIC



Tue, 22 Dec 2015

Richelle Arber

$25

Good luck! Merry Christmas & a happy & healthy new year to you & your loved ones.

Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Helen O'Sullivan

$30
Mon, 21 Dec 2015

Julie McNair

$20

Josh & Lucky - I'd give you the entire amount if I could but split this small down the middle for each of your friendship to me. They say it's the thought that counts & I want you both to know, not a day has gone by when I don't think &/or talk about you both. Our first meeting may have only been for a short while, but our friendship is forever... I love you boys

Sun, 20 Dec 2015

Jackie McAvaney Shipard

$20

Amazing effort Josh. Best wishes to you to achieve you goal.

Sun, 20 Dec 2015

Tracie and Rob Medew

$50

Bumping up the amount so it's a little closer to $50.000.

Sun, 20 Dec 2015

Noelene

$30

Thank you

Sun, 20 Dec 2015

Susan James

$25

I hope many others can get a dog as they are such good companions and listeners

Sat, 19 Dec 2015

Nikki L

$20

Understanding and feeling that black hole that consumes you and so many of us.... there will be light for all of us one day, and may these beautiful companions be a great assistance to those in need and give them the smile you so bravely show when hiding your pain...every little bit helps right?

Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Naveen Dhyani

$30

Hope we get many more Luckys for our Diggers.

Fri, 18 Dec 2015

Anonymous

$30

SINCE  Jan 2015

204 

Donations

$47,296 raised

TARGET $50,000

Please support this cause

$
AUD

I'm raising funds for

charity-logo

Defence Bank Foundation

The Defence Bank Foundation proudly supports The Defence Community Dogs (DCD) program which trains Dogs to Assistance dog level to provide support to serving and ex-serving Defence members to help them better manage injuries and illnesses including Post-traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).
JN

About Fundraiser

Joshua New

Tawonga south VIC

SINCE  Jan 2015

204 

Donations