Thomson Playford’s community initiative with RSL & Services Clubs Association

12 May 2007


Commercial law firm Thomson Playford has assisted the RSL & Services Clubs Association to establish two key national community initiatives.

The legal work undertaken by Thomson Playford under its pro-bono program enabled the Association to set up the popular Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge and the Operation CARE program.

The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is designed to develop disadvantaged or wayward youth into the leaders of tomorrow and encourage community service involvement. More than 40 young men and women have already participated in the first four treks along the infamous Kokoda Track in New Guinea.

Operation CARE is a joint initiative of the Association, the Returned & Services League of Australia and the Department of Defence. It provides up to one week’s rest and recuperation at sites throughout the country for selected wounded defence personnel and their immediate families.

Thomson Playford has a strong relationship with the clubs industry and acts for many large clubs and associations particularly in New South Wales.

Partner and hospitality and gaming law specialist with Thomson Playford, Mr David Brand, said the firm was proud to be involved in each program.

“We were honoured to be involved in establishing such important community programs on behalf of the RSL & Services Clubs Association,” Mr Brand said.

“Both programs provide valuable services to people in need and on a personal level our team at Thomson Playford finds it very rewarding to see these initiatives grow and bring so much benefit to those taking part.”

Chief Executive of the RSL & Services Clubs Association, Mr Graeme Carroll, said Thomson Playford was approached to assist with each program because of its reputation and strong connection to the clubs industry.

“David and his team at Thomson Playford have dedicated considerable time and effort in providing all the necessary legal work required to get these programs up and running, and for that we are very grateful,” Mr Carroll said.
The RSL & Services Clubs Association aims to be the leading advocate representing the interests of the estimated 280 registered RSL, Ex-Services, Memorial, Legion or like clubs in New South Wales.

For further information:

Katrina Lamaro
National Marketing Manager                         Ph: 02-8248 5843
Thomson Playford                             Mob: 0411 161 716