Sir Peter has a long involvement with Rosies, having joined Mrs Leneen Forde AC as Co-Patron of Rosies in 2005. On his appointment as Governor-General of Australia, Rosies extended an invitation to Sir Peter to deepen his ties with the organisation through vice-regal patronage.
Sir Peter confirmed he wished to continue his close association with Rosies, an organisation he once characterised as ‘compassion with its sleeves rolled up’, and was formally elevated to Patron in Chief on May 7 with Mrs Forde continuing as Patron.
Rosies CEO Troy Bailey said it was an honour for Rosies to be associated with a leader like Sir Peter.
‘Sir Peter embodies characteristics we see as truly Australian – strength, determination, compassion, and humour,’ said Mr Bailey.
‘As Patron in Chief, Sir Peter represents Rosies everywhere he goes – and we couldn’t ask for a more inspiring role model for our volunteers who are out there every day and night on the front line.’
I have been a supporter of Rosies – Friends on the Street from its earlier days and I continue to admire its work for young Australians at risk. I certainly wish volunteer organisations such as Rosies – Friends on the Street all the very best in carrying out their vital work with in our communities. God bless all at Rosies.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), 2014