Mates4Mates is calling on the community to rally behind injured veterans and help raise funds for men and women with service-related injuries or mental-illness.
Australians can raise funds by pledging to host fundraiser or event this year – whether it’s a charity morning tea or barbecue, or by taking on a physical challenge – it all makes a difference.
Mates4Mates provides support and rehabilitation services for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have physical or psychological injuries as a result of their service, and their families.
Mates4Mates Partnerships and Engagement General Manager Laura McMahon said community support was instrumental to the charity’s work.
“Many who are injured as a result of service experience difficulties recovering and transitioning to civilian life – so it’s vital that they have access to adequate support through this time,” she said.
“We rely on community support and funds raised enable us to help individual’s recover with a combination of psychological support, physical rehabilitation activities, and social connection.
“Thousands of current and ex-serving personnel, and their families, had found a renewed sense of purpose, friendships and practical support through Mates4Mates programs to date.
“We’re here to make their transition a little easier – and can continue to do that with your help.
“In 2018 alone, with your support, Mates4Mates provided thousands of psychology appointments and physical rehabilitation sessions. As well as essential wellbeing and social connections, helping mates and their families to reconnect and rebuild their lives.”
Ms McMahon said people in the wider community could help make a difference.
“Raising funds could be as simple as holding a morning tea at your workplace and asking everyone for a gold coin donation or ask your family to donate to Mate4Mates on your birthday instead of buying gifts,” she said.
“There are so many options. No matter what you choose to do, know that it will be making an incredible impact on the lives of injured veterans.”