LATE trooper Matthew Millhouse has been immortalised by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as organisers prepare for the upcoming charity event in his honour.
The Matthew Millhouse Salute raises money and awareness for veterans and families coping with depression, anxiety, peri-natal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in Tasmania.
In its third year, the event will challenge young and old to either run, cycle, kayak, pack-march or walk, with all funds raised going to the White Cloud Foundation.
The event is held in honour of Trooper Matthew Millhouse who passed away on 28 August 2015 from young onset dementia
The dementia was triggered during his first tour of Iraq in 2004 with the Australian Army’s 2nd Calvary Regiment after he was knocked unconscious for a short period of time from an insurgent car bomb attack.
“I can’t think of a better way to honour Matthew than to have this event named after him,” Matthew’s wife Terese Millhouse said.
“To date we have raised almost $20,000 for issues that have affected us both, and that I am still struggling with daily.”
“We are also having ‘The Last Post’ played during a flag raising ceremony conducted by Tasmanian Army Reservists at the beginning of the event, another fitting tribute to Matthew, and a wonderfully motivational way to send off participants on their respective legs.”
White Cloud Foundation founder professor Adam Scott said he was proud to be a part of the event.
“This event is a great way for the community to remember Matt, while also connecting socially with new friends and getting some exercise in the great outdoors,”he said.
Patron of the Salute Garth Callender was Matthew’s crew commander in Iraq and wrote a book called ‘After the Blast’ on the car explosion in which both he and Matthew were injured.
“The Salute is such an amazing event that draws together the Hobart community and beyond to ensure Matthew’s legacy continues to thrive,” he said.
“I always feel particularly privileged to be part of this unique and important event that honours such a humble soldier, father and friend.”
Matthew’s name was unveiled on the Honour Roll wall in Canberra over Remembrance Day weekend in a private ceremony with his wife and eight-year-old daughter Eleanor.
Mrs Millhouse said it was a bitter-sweet day.
“It was very confronting seeing Matthew’s name on the wall, but I wouldn’t have it any other way either,” she said.
“He is no longer with us, but fittingly he will now be remembered forever under the care of the wonderful staff at The Australian War Memorial.”
The Matthew Millhouse Salute is held on 31 March at 8am at Bellerive Beach Park.
For more information, visit the event Facebook page.
Caption: Participants undertaking the Matthew Millhouse Salute, raising funds and awareness for veterans and families with depression in Tasmania.