2012 Reynolds Dinner

Komatsu Australia announced as Inaugural Foundation partner at Reynolds Charity Dinner

The Inaugural Reynolds Dinner was held on Friday 7th September at the National Gallery of Australia Gandel Hall. On the night, the Foundation was proud to announce Komatsu Australia as the Foundation’s Inaugural corporate partner.

Proceeds from the Dinner go to injured Royal Australian Engineers and their families through the RAE Foundation. The Foundation manages a range of Programs to provide support for wounded soldiers, and the families of those killed while serving. “The Foundation is actively building relationships with industry so that it’s rehabilitative support programs for wounded soldiers have greater national coverage” said Foundation Chairman, Colonel John Wertheimer.

These Programs acknowledge the valuable service Sappers provide our nation, while offering those that need it a hand-up, not a hand-out. The Reynolds Dinner is named after Sapper Fred Reynolds, Australia’s first official casualty at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. Fred’s story after his death is a poignant example of where organisations like the RAE Foundation can provide support when other agencies cannot.

The Dinner featured a range of artworks produced by serving Sappers in the Royal Australian Engineers and artists who support the Corps. The artist’s donated their work to a catalogue that caused spirited bidding on the night, and raised funds for the RAE Foundation. The artist’s and the work they donated is as follows:

  • Gary Clark – Original Swamp cartoon strips
  • Cassandra Dutton – current serving member with 4th Combat Engineer Regiment – original oil painting Engineers
  • Tanya Geyser – Townsville based wife of former serving member. Aftermath – original oil telling some of the story of the Kibeho massacre. This piece is a part of her body of work planned for exhibition in Feb 2013.
  • Sue Hollamby – Townsville based artist and Archibald Prize entrant. The Lighthorseman (oil on canvas).
  • Amin Jabbari – Victorian  based artist. The Eye (oil on canvas).
  • Amber Martin – War artist commissioned by 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment to portray Sappers undertaking various roles in current ADF operations. Sapper Knight (oil on canvas).
  • Rawiri Smith – current serving member with 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment. Mirabad Sappers (oil on canvas) inspired by his experiences whilst on deployment to Mirabad Valley in Afghanistan.
  • Annette Tait – former serving member now living in Scotland. Scots Grey (water colour including artist working sketches)