Cam’s Cause is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 by friends and family of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, forging a partnership to uphold Cameron’s life motto of ‘Aspire to Inspire’.
By telling the brilliant story of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, the Cam’s Cause team strive to sustain the memory of a great Australian and inspire the leaders of tomorrow with the values that Corporal Baird lived his life by.
Cam’s Cause achieved registered charity status in 2016 and is also a registered deductible gift recipient.
Since its formation, Cams’s Cause has been working to celebrate the life of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG. We aim to inspire people by sharing Cam’s story of a life lived full of morals and virtues, in addition to raising awareness for the outstanding work that is done by our Australian Military.
Cameron was an exceptionally modest man who, when on home soil, spent significant time supporting organisations that raised money for soldier welfare. Cam’s Cause aims to continue Cameron’s passion for soldier welfare and to facilitate an opportunity to pay tribute to, and thank, an ordinary citizen who will be remembered as an extraordinary Australian.
As a result of our efforts, Cam’s Cause has been able to donate more than $35k to the Commando Welfare Trust. A Trust which looks after the families of soldiers who have been affected by their service. www.commandotrust.com
Some of the achievements thus far in our journey are:
- Life-size bronze statue dedicated by the Governor General Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK, MC in the foyer of the Currumbin RSL
- Inaugural ‘CPL Cameron Baird VC MG Award for Courage and Leadership’ for the Redland Sharks Junior Team, QLD
- Naming of the Pavilion at the Jack Ginifer Reserve ‘CPL Cameron Baird VC MG Pavilion’, VIC
- Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Melbourne Shire of Remembrance, VIC
- ‘Cam’s Cause’ Charity nights at Keilor Hotel (VIC), Burnie Arts and Function Centre (TAS) & Currumbin RSL (QLD)
- Fundraising at Redland Football Club Charity Match
- Visits to Victorian and Queensland Primary Schools to talk about CPL Cameron Baird VC MG, “Aspire to Inspire” program, aimed at steering young people down the right path
- Hume City Council: CPL Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award and scholarship program, Victoria
The proudest moment of our journey thus far was the unveiling of the life size statue of CPL Cameron Baird VC MG at the Currumbin RSL (QLD). This statue is the result of amazing financial support and fundraising and stands to honour Australia’s 100th Victorian Cross Recipient and the 42 Australian lives that have been lost in Afghanistan.
The statue also symbolises Australia’s modern day warfare and the stories of bravery that are unheard.
Well over 500 soldiers have been permanently effected by physical injuries sustained in battle. What is more alarming are the increasing numbers of psychological injuries that soldiers are facing such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) depression and anxiety.
Cam’s Cause is looking long into the future regarding the need to help with soldier welfare. Through networking with some of Cameron’s close friends within the 2nd Commando Regiment there is an amazing opportunity to make a difference and help soldiers that may be struggling with the effects of serving in the elite 2nd Commando Regiment. Which is a division of Australia’s Special Forces Task Group.
The team aims to raise much needed funds to help build specially designed camps that provide a unique environment incorporating general outdoor activities and specialist help that have been created by the 2nd Commando Regiments Human Performance Wing. These camps have been created for Commandos by Commandos and are proven to make a difference in assisting recovery from physical and mental injuries.
We could think of no better way to honour Cameron than assisting his beloved 2nd Commando Regiment and the soldiers that protect our way of life from the frontline.