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Hello to all our loyal readers and I hope this finds you all safe and well. Another month down and another successful month for BOOTSTRAPS. We've had plenty of participants through our doors and a lot of nice projects started and completed.

I would like to take this time to make a special mention good people of the Placid Hills 2021 Halloween Spooktacular. These lovely people decorated their house and invited people to visit and view. They were collecting a gold coin donation and have decided that all funds raised over the three nights will go to BOOTSTRAPS. What a fantastic gesture and we send them a huge thank you for their support.

I would also like to say a big thank you to the good people at Porters Plainland Restaurant. This month alone has seen us make almost $1000 in raffle ticket sales conducted at their lovely location. As this is one of the very few income streams we currently have, we are very grateful for their help. Without this money, we would not be able to continue to operate. To Mell, Mick and all the staff at Porters, THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!

We will be holding an open day early next year held over a Friday and Saturday to showcase BOOTSTRAPS and what we offer. The Friday will be for businesses within our Allied Health network, with the Saturday being for families. We will provide more information closer to the time.

Not that it is needed, but a reminder that Christmas is coming. If you would like to make a one-of-a-kind customer present for a loved one, now is the time to come into the centre to do it. Bring your family and make a simple Christmas tree decoration, or something more elaborate. We would love you to visit and enjoy leather work.

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 date and time: Saturday 20th November from 6:30pm (These sessions can be up to 1 1/2hr).


As always our head quarters, located in Gatton, Queensland, is always open to ADF personnel that are currently serving and/or ex, as well as the general community to drop in. The centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Feel free say hello or introduce yourself!


Without the tireless support of our volunteers keeping Bootstraps going would be impossible. That being said, we're always on the lookout for more hands to help us lighten the load when it comes to helping those in need. Regardless of your background or skillsets, every one of us can help to play a part. It does 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 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 want to acknowledge the continued support of all of our 500 Club Member's. 2021 has been difficult for many businesses yet our valued partners have stuck with us through their dedicated support. Please make sure that you support them however you can!

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 to learn a bit more and show your support for our work click below to discover how you can become a 500 CLUB MEMBER!


Here are just a few giggles to help you have a great day!

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!


With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get creative and make some personalised leather inspired Christmas gifts. Here are some great examples of things you could create here at our centre! To find out more why not visit us today or contact us to ask about classes and centre times!

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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