Pete Johnston Fund

Pete was from Crocodile Dundee country, hence attended boarding school from age 5.

It was a fabulous upbringing, breeding Resilience, Curiosity and Wonderment.

My parents were business people.

Pete joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Junior Recruit [16 yrs old] necessitating a seven day train trip to HMAS Leeuwin in WA, with the thought of becoming an officer in the RAN, however after a visit from the SAS, decided war was for him.

Pete had two combat tours to Vietnam, upon returning took advantage of a Government education program to attend RMIT to study Audio Visual Engineering, it was a long time ago but leading edge at the time, quite a shock from Vietnam to RMIT within a few months of returning. It was the Age of Aquarius.

Settled in Geelong 40 odd years ago, and loves the place. [has local passport]

Both my maternal and paternal people were community minded also military service had a strong community bearing on me. Defence is big on community service.

Pete is active in the veteran community and Lions.

Gail Rogers in her time at Volunteering Geelong mentioned about Geelong Community Foundation to me resulting in me joining with a named fund when the opportune time presented itself.