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Mark Fenech

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2 min read | Sep 09, 2019
"I was glad someone in Australia started doing it. We needed this for so long."

ABOUT ME:

I'm a 47-year-old from Brisbane, Australia, and I served in the Royal Australian Airforce for 12 years as an Aircraft Technician, and after I discharged, I went on to work for Qantas Australia.
USING DEFENCE SPORTING APPAREL SINCE:
July 2017

WHY DID YOU START USING DEFENCE SPORTING APPAREL: 

I was buying Airforce shirts overseas from America when I saw Defence Sporting Apparel on Facebook; I noticed you're Australian based. I thought, "about bloody time."

I like the fact you showcased the whole of the Australian Defence Force Military, not just the Australian Army. Some people seem to focus on the Army, but to me, we're one whole family.


FAVOURITE PRODUCT:

I have a full collection of caps, stubby coolers, and the ned kelly designs. I would hate to think how much I've spent and I don't even want to look at my Afterpay account haha.

I've spoken with some kids who don't know about Anzac Day, Galopili or Vietnam. We took some kids to the local RSL (The Returned and Services League), and it upset me when they did not stand for the last post.

It's important to support Australian business and wear Defence Sporting Apparel to show and educate the younger generations what our heroes have sacrificed for. So we can live this great life in Australia that we do. We need to get the recognition out there like they do in America.


WHATS DSA DONE FOR YOU PERSONALLY:

It's enabled me to go out into the local community and show that I'm a Veteran. It's important to me to raise awareness of how many Veterans signed the blank cheque, that was willing to give their life for this country.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REACTION WHEN YOU USED DEFENCE SPORTING APPAREL FOR THE FIRST TIME:

I was glad someone in Australia started doing it. I found the site easy to use, and the designs caught my attention. We needed this for so long.

I was recently in Townsville with a former Sergeant, and a good mate of mine and strangers were coming up to me and asking me where I get my shirts from, and I always tell them Defence Sporting Apparel.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION:

Hawaii or the Gold Coast

ON THE BUCKET LIST:

I'm going to keep riding my motorcycle, spending time with my wife, showing my pride, and live my best life!

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Comments


  • G-DAY Mark .
    I just read your story I also served in the CMF in the 70s and the army reserve in the 80s and served in AAFC in 1998 to 2001 in QLD and the AAC in 2008 I where a DSA shirt and in the new I am buying more now I run a tee shirt printing business called G,DAY digger I print up bar runners and stubby holders and a lot more also I give a 10 per cent off on all items that print up ex-service men it keeps me going well done serving in the RAAF mate as for those kids you took to the RSL and did not stand up for the last post I hope you said something to them about not standing up for the last post I like you shirt and DSA do a great job you can contact me any time on my
    email above.

    kevin mcclennan on
  • Very Proud Of You, My Younger, Bigger Brother !!

    Joey Fenech on
  • Love the shirt! We’ll done mate 👍 proud of ya👌😃

    Dale on
  • Love the shirt! We’ll done mate 👍 proud of ya👌😃

    Dale on
  • G’Day Mark.
    I would like to Thank You for your service in the RAAF in the protection of this great southern land. I also agree with you that there should be more taught to the younger generation about the sacrifices the men, women and animals have made, and are still making to keep us safe. I may not have served but I wear my DSA shirts with pride and do get comments all the time. Thank You once again and Thank You DSA.

    Brian Hatch on


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