• The ‘BASET Voyage’ Launch Event

    25th July 2018

    On the 25th July 2018, BASET officially launched into the next phase of its growth. On a warm evening on the banks of the River Thames and beneath the shadows of Tower Bridge, BASET’s Chairman John May signalled the beginning of BASET’s journey towards a fully-fledged education-focused charity that helps to unite in friendship two nations half the world away from one another.

    Inspired by his own experiences in Australia as a young man (please see our Chairman’s full speech here)┬áMr May has over the course of 2017/18 turned BASET into a charity which really is getting ‘Bigger and Better’ and beginning to make a difference in the lives of young people and the relationship between Australia and the UK.

    Friends, supporters and their guests – as well as staff from the Jubilee Sailing Trust – gathered at HMS President by Tower bridge for the launch of Lord Dannatt’s ‘Round Britain Challenge’ an adventure of epic proportions that would see a mixed crew of able-bodied and disabled veterans, cadets and children sail from the Pool of London around the entire coastline of the United Kingdom.

    As with any small charity with worthy aims, BASET faces many challenges in the future but as Mr May outlined,

    “…I obviously cannot guarantee that BASET will succeed, but with your help, what I can guarantee is that we will do everything we can to offer the same opportunities to as many people as possible in the future as have to our ten award winners so far. Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be able to tell you in three years time that we have added a nought to the number I mentioned and we have fifty Pioneer Awards, fifty Endeavour Awards to fifty young men and fifty young women; fifty from Australia and fifty from the UK…”

    The evening was a great success in raising the visibility of BASET both in the Anglo-Australian community and wider society and we received many compliments and good wishes from our guests and sponsors.