Bankstown RSL to help locals cross the Black Cat

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP today thanked Bankstown RSL for donating $5,000 towards the 2013 Mateship Trek – along the ‘Black Cat’ Track between Wau and Salamaua in Northern Papua New Guinea.


“Bankstown RSL has supported Mateship Trek from the very beginning,” Mr Clare said.

“Mateship Trek is all about three things – raising money for charity, raising awareness of our military history and building friendships between young people.

“The ongoing support of Bankstown RSL and other local organisations provide us with the funds to walk in the footsteps of heroes and raise money for charities like Legacy and Soldier On.

Chief Executive Officer of Bankstown RSL, Scott Dickson said “Bankstown RSL is delighted to support the third Mateship Trek.”

“We have been on board from the beginning and we have seen first hand the positive difference this makes to young people’s lives,” Mr Dickson said.

The next Mateship Trek will take place over the Anzac Day period next year and will involve six young people from Western Sydney.

The six young people attending include:

  • Amna Karra-Hassan from Granville – 24 years
  • Lael Kassem from Guildford – 21 years
  • Jake Saloway from Blacktown – 17 years
  • Mustafa Agha from Merrylands – 22 years
  • Jarrod O’Brien from Picton – 20 years
  • Steven Tu from Bankstown – 24 years

Mr Clare will also be accompanied by Liberal MP Scott Morrison and young people from his area.

For the first time, next years trek will also include two additional young people from Victoria and Queensland.

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO is Patron of the Mateship Trek.

Media Contact: Chris Zogopoulos  9790 2466