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Saluting Matthew Millhouse

A TYPICAL Tasmanian downpour did nothing to deter participants during the second annual Matthew Millhouse Salute, which was held at Bellerive Beach Park on 18 March.

The outdoor charity event challenges young and old to run, cycle, kayak or pack march in support of the White Cloud Foundation.

The event raises money and awareness for veterans and families coping with depression, anxiety, peri-natal depression and post-traumatic stress.

It is held each year in memory of fallen soldier Trooper Matthew Millhouse, who passed away on 28 August 2015 at the age of 36 from young onset dementia.

This condition was triggered by a traumatic brain injury incurred during a car bomb explosion during his first tour of Iraq in 2004 with the Australian Army’s Second Calvary Regiment.

Trooper Millhouse was knocked unconscious for a matter of moments during the explosion, but it was enough to trigger the dementia that resulted in his death 11 years later.

He is survived by his wife Terese and daughter Eleanor.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour Matthew than to have this event named after him,” Terese Millhouse, who acts as treasurer of the event, said.

“The inaugural event last year raised more than $8000 for issues that affected us both, some of which I am still struggling with on a daily basis.

“Although bad weather this year meant the kayak and bike legs were cancelled, the run, pack march and walk legs still went ahead and were excellent despite the rain.

“We raised more than $10,500 for the White Cloud Foundation, with more donations still to be received.”

To kick off the 2018 event, the Tasmanian Army Reservists played The Last Post during a flag raising ceremony.

“This was a fitting tribute to Matthew and a wonderfully motivational way to send off participants on their respective legs,” Ms Millhouse said.

White Cloud Foundation founder Adam Scott said the charity event was a great way for the community to remember Trooper Millhouse, while also connecting socially with new friends and getting some exercise.

“We are very proud to actively be part of the Hobart community through this event and have a strong focus on developing innovative treatment solutions to the population of Tasmania,” he said.

Patron of the Matthew Millhouse Salute Garth Callendar, who was Trooper Millhouse’s crew commander, said the Salute was “such an amazing event.”

“It draws together the Hobart community and beyond to ensure Matthew’s legacy continues to thrive,” he said.

“I always feel particularly privileged to be part of this unique and important event that honours such a humble soldier, father and friend.”

For more information on the White Cloud Foundation, visit http://whitecloudfoundation.org.

Caption: Participants in the 16-kilometre event at the second annual Matthew Millhouse Salute.