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Supporting our Veterans

Clive Palmer and QNI Resources have announced a two-part donation for the Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Club Townsville Chapter, starting with a $5,000 contribution towards the club’s annual Townsville Legacy Fundraiser Charity Ride on 25 August.

The sponsorship ride is in support of Legacy to assist fundraising to care for the dependents of those who served their country and who gave their lives, or health, in support of defence force members, and to assist families and their children’s educational expenses.

Patriots Australia MMC, Townsville Chapter Secretary, Peter ‘Parky’ Parkinson, was extremely grateful for the two-part donation.

“It is very hard to raise money in a community struggling with so much juvenile crime and businesses closing down. People are doing it hard. But there’s always much support needed,” Mr Parkinson said.

“Patriots Australia is a Military Motorcycle Club for serving, former regular and reserve members of the Australian, Commonwealth and Allied Defence Forces. We also have civilian associate members who display the same ethos as their military brothers. We have 35 chapters across Australia, plus one in NZ. We’re the second oldest MMC (military motorcycle club) in Australia next to the Vietnam Veterans MC, since we were established in 1993.”

The second part of the donation is a further $5,000 towards Patriots clubhouse improvements.

“There’s much work needed on our clubhouse. It would really be great for veterans to visit our club in West End, in new air-conditioned rooms, or to sit outside under a waterproof shade sail having a yarn with our brothers,” Mr Parkinson said.

For residents living in Townsville, community support is critical for many locals, and across many worthy causes.

The sponsorship follows recent donations including $75,000 to Townsville Gymnastics, $10,000 to each of Townsville Tiger Sharks Swimming Club and Hermit Park Tigers AFL Club, local sprinter Jake Doran’s $14,000, and $15,000 to Saints Cricket Club; adding to the many millions of dollars injected into the North Queensland community by QNI Resources since 2010.

Just some of the other community groups to have benefited include the Australian Volunteer Coastguard, Corcoran Park Netball Association, Townsville City Netball Association, NQ Football Inc, Townsville Basketball, Townsville Eagles AFL, Western Lions Junior Rugby, Townsville PCYC, and Townsville Community Music.

QNI Resources Chairman Clive Palmer said the company was committed to giving back to the North Queensland community.

“We are very happy to support great Townsville organisations and the community, providing wonderful support for families in need and inspiring others to do the same,” Mr Palmer said.

“We wish the Patriots Australia MMC and Townsville Legacy all the best of luck for the year and the future. We know they will be tirelessly fundraising to support North Queensland families and servicemen and women.

“QNI Resources takes great pride in assisting worthy local causes which is why is so important that the refinery returns to operation as soon as possible so we can continue to help the local community reach its full potential.

“We want to make Townsville great again,” Mr Palmer said.

You can learn more about Legacy Australia and the Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Group at: