January Communiqué

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of Communiqué

Military Rewards charity in profile: Mates4Mates

10 January 2017

Military Rewards charity in profile: Mates4Mates

Our charity partner, Mates4Mates, officially opened its new national headquarters and Family Recovery Centre in Brisbane on 18 November 2016, enabling the non-profit to provide more critical services and a lifeline to injured current and ex-serving Defence personnel and their families around Australia.

Attended by key government representatives, industry, partners, service providers, media, ‘mates’ and their families; the event showcased the centres’ progressive and integrated support services and programs which rebuild and support thousands of mates and their families each year. The free services include:

  • Physical rehabilitation and wellbeing services      
  • Psychological services
  • Employment and education support services
  • Rehabilitation adventure challenges
  • Social connection activities

Mates4Mates CEO Simon Sauer spoke at the event, commenting that, “we would see at least five people every week who say to us, if it’s not for Mates4Mates, they’d have committed suicide. And these outcomes can be seen in the lived experience of our mates here today.”

“Since we began in 2013, we’ve seen our membership double in size ever year as awareness and demand for our service grows and as we tear away the so-called ‘harden up’ stigma that prevents many current and ex-personnel from seeking help.”

In support of the Official Opening, the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd) prepared a personal video message, highlighting the importance of ‘mateship’ provided by Mates4Mates.

Mr Sauer has thanked Australian Military Bank for adopting Mates4Mates as a recipient charity and raising awareness and says, “Every dollar bank account holders donate to Mates4Mates will help us meet the growing demand of our services, especially our battle against the alarming rate of mental illness and suicide amongst current and ex-serving men and women.”

Want to give back to the Defence community? Then visit our website at australianmilitarybank.com.au/military-rewards to find out more about our Military Rewards Account. Keep an eye out for our next issue where we profile another account charity partner.

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