I grew up in Coffs Harbour and married Leanne Seccombe (nee Harris) from Sawtell in 1990.
I joined the ADF July 1991 and served 8.5 years as a Combat Engineer posted to 1 fed sqn 1 CER 2 & 3 Troop, School Of Military Engineers serving in Malaysia, Singapore, Sarawak, United kingdom, Canada, Bosnia, returned to Coffs after being medically discharged in Dec 1999.
Now I am self employed in Corporate team building and Skirmish, Private investigation & debt collection, Public speaking as well as owning a small Martial arts school.
Community work: Parade marshal for Coffs Harbour RSL 13 years, Cadet officer.
Retired 2011 and now President of the Veterans Centre Mid North Coast.
I currently hold the position of Vice President at the Veterans Centre Mid North Coast where I am an accredited Welfare Officer and Pensions Officer Level 1.
Secretary and Treasurer
Richard joined the RAAF in 1962. His service included combat operations in Vietnam as a USAF Forward Air Controller, and flying duties in Sabre, Mirage, and the F-111 squadrons as well as basic and advanced flying training.
His post-RAAF careers included Public Service in foreign policy and international development, followed by consultancy practice in strategic planning and change management in small business and Aboriginal community development.
He began volunteering as a veteran’s advocate in 2007 and is a practicing Level 4 Advocate. He is very active in veterans’ advocacy training and development, and
continues to participate in a wide range of veterans’ legislation and health services reviews.
Richard is married to Jenny, has three adult children and has four grandchildren. One of the founders of VCMNC, he is enormously proud of the progress that is being made by the Committee and advocates.
Tex and Bundy
Official Mascots for the Centre
Tex & Bundy “the dog on the bike”…..one of the most recognized duo’s in the grassroots of motorcycling in Australia.
Tex & Bundy are a well known Australian motorcycling, charity fundraising duo. An Aussie bloke (Tex) and his stumpy tailed cattle dog (Bundy) who love & live to ride together. They have ridden over 600,000km together for charity all around Australia supporting countless charities and have help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for various charities and a priceless amounts of awareness for important issues as Project KidSafe Foundation, Prostate Cancer, ZAIDEE Foundation Organ & Tissue Donor Awareness, Lifeline, Black Dog Institute, Breast Cancer (Pink Ribbon Ride), Leukaemia Foundation, Children’s Hospitals, CanTeen, various hospitals, hospices and homes for the elderly, independent fundraising events, Motorcycle Safety, and many more.
Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC
Patron for the Center
(use the pic of Mark from the vcmnc.org.au site pls)
Mark Donaldson, VC (born 2 April 1979) is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system.
Then Trooper Donaldson, was a member of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) when he exposed himself to enemy fire to protect injured troops and then rescued an interpreter under heavy enemy fire in the Battle of Khaz Oruzgan during Operation Slipper, the Australian contribution to the war in Afghanistan.
He was presented with the medal by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, in a ceremony in Canberra on 16 January 2009. On 25 January 2010, Donaldson was named the 2010 Young Australian of the Year. He was promoted to corporal in June 2010.
Corporal Mark Donaldson, VC has graciously agreed to be the patron for the Veterans Centre Mid-North Coast.
Whilst Mark was born in Waratah (Newcastle), NSW on 2 April 1979, his formative years were spent in the Dorrigo NSW area so we claim him as a local boy! Having graduated from high school in 1996 he joined the Australian Army on 18 June 2002.
Mark is married to Emma and has a daughter, Kaylee and a son, Hamish. He has written a memoir of his life called The Crossroad which was published by Macmillan in 2013. Emma describes him as being “married to the army”. Donaldson says of himself: “I don’t see myself as a hero, honestly. I still see myself as a soldier first and foremost.”