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It is hard to believe that we are at the end of July already. It is even harder to believe that BOOTSTRAPS has had its 2nd birthday at our Gatton centre.

What is even harder to believe is that we have had over 350 participants attend leather classes during those two years. What an accomplishment for everyone on the BOOTSTRAPS team and all those who have supported us.

This month also saw a donation from the Gatton Westpac bank after a charity drive, they ran in the branch. On behalf of our team, I would like to say a big thank you to the staff and customers of Westpac Gatton. We have also been conducting regular raffle sales at Porters Plainland and again I would like to say thank you to Mick and Mel Porter and staff for their continued support.

We are planning a 'support and services organisations open day', here at the centre to introduce what we do, and showcase what we can offer to the wider community. Please keep an eye out for further details, or email

Thank you to all our staff and supporters who

have helped to get to where we are today.

See you next month and stay safe!!!

- Sam Kavanagh, CEO Bootstraps



Raffle Tickets: Porters Hotel Plainland, are continuing the meat tray raffles. These present a great opportunity for Bootstraps to fundraise between now and December. As always, if you're interested in lending us a hand and volunteering your time, please forward your details to

Bootstraps staff are happy to partner up with you all and show you how its done. We need volunteers for the following dates and times: Sunday 1st August, Saturday 21st August, Friday 10th September, Sunday 26th September, Friday 15th October, Sunday 31st October, Saturday 20th November. Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30pm and Sunday lunch 12 noon (These sessions can be up to 1 1/2hr).

Here's an event to mark on the calendar. The NSW Chapter of the Grunts and Inverrell RSL Sub Branch are running the RAVS2021 coming up on Sunday 3rd October 2021 (long weekend) with all funds raised being donated to the ESO's supporting the event.

For more details and information about this event check out their Facebook page:

This event is a Covid-19 pending event so keep a close watch on their page for future updates and possible changes as they develop!


As always our centre is always open to the community for them to drop in. The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Feel free say hello or introduce yourself!

On the subject of the centre, July was a very busy month with a lot of visitors including some old and new faces to the centre. Special shout out goes to the Team at Westpac Gatton. They held an in branch Morning Tea fundraiser and raised $450 for Bootstraps. Proud to be a part of a community, that's proudly supports organisations like us! Thanks once again Westpac Gatton!

And the visits to the Bootstraps Centre didn't stop there! We always welcome visitors to the centre far and wide, but a special mention also has to go out to Senator Malcolm Roberts and member Paul Henselin from the One Nation Party.

Their visit gave us a great opportunity to not only show them around our centre, but also helped to educate them on the plight of ex-service personnel, and why our centre plays such a huge part in helping to reconnect, revive and renew "those that have laced up boot in service to our country!" Thanks heaps for dropping in Malcolm and Paul, you're welcome back anytime!



For all of our Bootstraps family, friends, followers and supporters - We'd like you to take a moment and also to take note of this essential service! Its not always easy to talk out aloud and sometimes you'd prefer to text it instead. And with everything going on around us all atm, you never know when you or someone you know might find themselves in a situation where they suddenly need this.

Please feel free to share with your friends, families and colleagues! Remember there is always someone willing to listen!


500 CLUB:

We are always so proud to promote all of our 500 Club Members that proudly supports us!

This month we acknowledge OHS Compliance Solutions. As anyone knows, safety paperwork is confusing and you might be burying your head in the sand…. but OHS Compliance Solutions are a work health and safety consultancy like no other! They work with you to develop safety solutions that work, their goal is for you to breathe a sigh of relief, knowing you have it under control! From initial document creation, assistance with third-party compliance obligations, one-off safety assistance, CM3 assistance, simple-to-use site manuals covering everything you need, through to their Smart SWMS system to make site signoff easier! They have a solution for your compliance needs.

To find out more about them, simply click on their image below.

Bootstraps is really proud to have its many supporters onboard as 500 Club Members.

But to keep the centre marching along were always looking for more members! If you too would like to support our work click below to discover how you can become a 500 CLUB MEMBER!


With so many of us now having to work from home here is an insight as to how the Navy is handling it - not much different, they're still playing silly games!

Here's a few more laughs to keep you going!


So each month we like to feature a Veteran owned business or place where veterans, their families and friends can spend time and enjoy life.

If you have or know of a business or place why not let us know so we can feature them here!


Every week our Bootstraps Members and, visitors to the centre toil away, for sometimes hours on end, to create their unique leather work pieces. We'd love to share some of the recent ones from the past month, and perhaps inspire you for your next leather work project! And remember to ask us as there are a range of lovely leather pieces for sale for you to take home today!

We look forward to bringing you more in next months, News-Leather. But in the meantime, be sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what's happening with Bootstraps!

We'd really love to hear from you about what

projects you'd really like to do!

Satchel, Handbag, Photo Album, Rifle Case, Tool Case,

Binoculars Case, or perhaps something more unique!

Remember to leave us your feedback or a comment below,

on what you would like to make at our centre or have covered

in future edition of our News-Leathers!

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