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May 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Apr 29, 2023






Welcome one and all!

Welcome back to our latest installment of the News Leather. March and April have seen us take huge steps towards our formal teaching in 2024 goal.

There is so much happening in the background with a lot of key stakeholders and moving parts, but this endeavour is well on its way to being finalised by mid-year.

We have also been running our Anzac Day fund raiser raffle that was drawn on the 24th of April; we had a luncheon that day at our centre to draw the raffle and thank the organisations who donated the fantastic prizes.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Welfare Hub project as we couldn’t reach the required funds. We are still very keen to make this happen, but we will have to concentrate on higher priorities at this stage.

The centre is still working well with plenty of walk-in participants, organised courses, repairs, and custom project orders; if you would like to come in and learn the art of leatherwork, we would love to see you at our centre.

BOOTSTRAPS, in partnership with TAFE QLD, is on track to begin teaching in schools within our region in 2024. This endeavour promises to be a great way to bring the leatherwork craft back to our community.

We are also in the planning stage of having our inaugural black tie gala ball in October of this year – so look out for more information as it becomes available.

Once again, my thanks to all our staff and supporters for your amazing work so far. Please keep it up and let’s keep achieving our goals.

Thank you all once again for being a part of the BOOTSTRAPS journey. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

- Sam Kavanagh, CEO Bootstraps




We kicked off March with a RSL QLD-sponsored 1-day leatherwork class for 10 members and staff from the RSL QLD Active Lifestyles team. This gave the participants the opportunity to learn a new skill and make some amazing one-of-a-kind leather items; they were really happy with what they managed to achieve in just one day.


The Anzac Day Raffle was a huge success, selling over a thousand tickets, with the proceeds supporting the work Bootstraps does to help veterans in our community. The team had worked hard during March and April to sell as many tickets as possible; we thank Riverlink Ipswich for allowing us to set up a stand for a week, it really went a long way to generating ticket sales. The day of the draw saw us host our prize donors and our Mayor, Cr Tanya Milligan, for a luncheon at our centre in Gatton; the winning tickets were drawn electronically, all live-streamed on Facebook.

Here are just some of our lucky winners from the ANZAC Day raffle

You'll find a complete list of the winners on social media and our website,

so be sure to like and follow us on socials.



Our centre of operations, located in Gatton, Queensland, is open to all current and ex military personnel,

and the local community to drop in.

The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

"Feel free to drop by and say hello or introduce yourself!"



We are always welcoming new faces to volunteer their time, experience and skills. Without the tireless support of our volunteers keeping Bootstraps going would be impossible. Regardless of your background or skillsets, every one of us can help to play a part. It doesn't need to be huge, it could be only a few hours a week through to a few days a week - really every little bit helps.

If you're in a position to offer some voluntary assistance to our organisation, then please reach out to us today by contacting us by phone or email to

Also if you are in a position to assist us through monetary donations of any value, please visit our website and follow the link to:



For some of us, we're not ready to talk as it means saying things out aloud reminds us of the issue. Then there's times we simply don't want to talk, but we're comfortable to text how we're feeling.

As the classic song by Cold Chisel says "When the war is over, it's time to start again!" But for some of us that war internally is ongoing.

Here at Bootstraps we have all been in that situation and know what it feels like. Please remember if you need to talk you can drop in to our centre and say G'Day to some like minded folk

But for those other times, when you feel this way, know that there is support available via text on 0477 131114 through Lifeline Text.

This is a service openly available 24/7, and ran by Lifeline.

You can text them anything that's on your mind - no matter how overwhelming, they are there to listen. Just know, that there is someone there when you're ready!

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!

The last few months and now the last year have been really difficult for many businesses and we want to take the moment to acknowledge the continued support of all of our 500 Club Member's. Despite their own struggles, our valued partners have stuck with us through their dedicated support. Please make sure that you support them however you can!

Every News Leather, we aim to showcase a new 500 Club Member to thank them for their support but also to let you know about the legends that support us!

This month we acknowledge East Coast Leather.

Click the links to go to East Coast Leather's socials

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 businesses to become 500 Club Members! If you too would like find out what's in it for your business and to learn a bit more and show your support for our work click below to discover how you can become a 500 CLUB MEMBER!



They say that laughter is the best medicine... so here's you does of giggles for this month's News Leather!


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!


We were proud to welcome some new faces to visit the centre, as well as familiar ones. And these are a sampling of some of them amazing leather work pieces that were created!

If you'd like to create a unique leather piece yourself, why not visit our centre today or contact us about class times. Or better still why not take home an exclusive leather work piece from our many items for sale on display!

We look forward to bringing you more in next month's, News-Leather. But in the meantime, be sure to Like and Follow us on our socials 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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