On 22 June 2013, in the Uruzgan province Afghanistan, the heroic actions of Corporal Cameron Baird made him the 100th recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia and left Kaye and Doug Baird without their youngest son. The award was given posthumously in February 2014 and an article written in a Melbourne paper followed. It included interviews with Andrew Harrison, Cameron’s grade six teacher and football coach and Chris Dyer, Cameron’s lifelong friend. This article reconnected Chris and Andrew who both felt they wanted to do something to honour and remember Cameron. After meeting at a local pub in Melbourne with another long time friend Daniel Carroll, the three set out to run a fundraising dinner ‘Cam’s Cause’, where they could share Cameron’s valiant story and raise $5,000 for the Commando Welfare Trust.   The trio ended up raising $37,000. Cam’s Cause now stands for raising awareness for Australian modern day warfare and the costs associated; both financial and personal. To remember all  41 soldiers that were killed in Afghanistan, the hundreds that were permanently injured and the many that struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with over 200 taking their own lives since returning home. “As time went on we realised there was a lot of potential for Cam’s Cause to do some really positive work and raise awareness of the work the Australian Modern day forces and in particular the cost that comes with it.  We aim to continually honour and remember Cameron for what he has achieved in his military career and also for the amazing person he was in everyday life.  Cam lived with a lot of morals and virtues which made him one of the nicest, kindest and loyal people you could have met” says Chris Dyer. The money raised through Cam’s Cause events goes to three main projects. Firstly it donates to the Commando Welfare Trust; they offer both initial emergency funding and then long term financial aid when the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) grants or entitlements are no longer available. Secondly, through their connection with the Commando Welfare Trust a collaborative initiative between Cam’s Cause and the 2nd Commando Regiment (2CDO) has been set up whereby they offer wilderness retreats to soldiers. “The wilderness camp is offered for variety of reasons. It is offered to soldiers struggling with PTSD, those that are transitioning into civilian life and the broader members of the regiment.  It aims to expose them to healthy habits and self-care strategies that promote better holistic health and well-being in generally a long and high stress career as a commando”, says Chris. These retreats help the returned adjust back to civilian life through outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, bow making etc., plus opportunities to speak with health care professionals about any issues and concerns.  “We hope by offering a retreat that brings like minded people together, and offering activities to keep their bodies motivated and opportunities to talk about their feelings, we can play a part in preventing the alarming rate of suicide and help these guys get back on their feet” says Chris. Part of the funding is also going toward a life size bronze statue of Cameron.  “This statue will honour not only Cameron as Australia’s 100th VC recipient, but all the 41 guys that were killed in Afghanistan and will stand as a representation of Australia’s modern day warfare” says Andrew Harrison. “We hope to have two created with one in Melbourne and the other at Currumbin RSL”. Currumbin RSL was one of Cameron’s favourite drinking holes when home in Australia.  After he passed his parents Kaye and Doug organised his memorial service at the Club and have since become steadfast friends with its board and staff.  The Club’s upstairs memorial display has a large section dedicated to CPL Cameron Baird VC, MG and it seemed only fitting that Cam’s Cause hold its inaugural Queensland fundraiser at the Club. “We want to continually honour and remember CPL Cameron Baird and inspire people with his story.  All that he achieved on the battle field; a recipient of both the Victoria Cross and Medal for Gallantry (highest and third highest bravery awards) and also the morals and values that Cameron held in everyday life.  We use one of Cameron’s life mottos which was; “aspire to inspire”.  We aim to inspire people to be better in themselves.”