The Ray White Queensland network is coming together to support returning Special Forces servicemen and women through its partnership with the charity, Wandering Warriors.
Assisting Special Forces members in their journey of coming home from battle, Victoria Cross recipient and Patron of the Wandering Warriors, Ben Roberts-Smith, praised the partnership with Ray White and the support it would enable.
“The SAS and other Special Forces have borne a heavy cost in recent decades for serving their country.
“As a proud member of that community I have seen the excellent work Wandering Warriors perform to help mend emotional and physical injuries, support families and assist soldiers with the inevitable transition from military to civilian life,” he said.
One member of the Ray White Group, Clint Hynes, knows too well the value of the Wandering Warriors. He served 13 years in the Australian Defence Force, which included four tours of Afghanistan as a Special Forces Targeting Specialist and Liaison Officer, before becoming a real estate agent in 2012.
Clint toured Afghanistan in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. He started his career in real estate in 2012 when he joined the family business at Ray White Oxenford and became the fastest member in Ray White’s history to reach Elite status.
“I was staring down the barrel of a fifth tour of Afghanistan so I decided to get out. I just wanted to have a normal life and it was time to come home.
“The work of Wandering Warriors goes beyond government assistance. It lets veterans know they are supported, and backed by the Australian community through sponsorship and donation. Having that broad recognition lets our veterans know their efforts on our nation’s behalf are appreciated. For veterans transitioning back to civilian life, and for their families, the assistance provided by Wandering Warriors is invaluable.”
The first partnership of its kind for Ray White Queensland, state CEO Tony Warland said he is calling on all offices across the state to throw their support behind the Wandering Warriors.
“All our businesses support their communities and will continue to do so. This partnership allows us to come together as one and help provide care and opportunities to our veterans and their families when they need it most,” he said.
For the Wandering Warriors, the partnership with Ray White represents a bright future.
“Ray White’s support will impact in a number of ways. We’ll have more funds to conduct the work that we do and this partnership also allows us to be more extensive in terms of the amount of people we can assist as well as enhance the awareness of the programmes that we have,” said Wandering Warriors CEO, Bob Brett MC.