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Two New Ambassadors Appointed for Bravery Trust

Jul 15 , 2016
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Bravery Trust is delighted and honoured to announce the appointment of AFL legend Kevin Sheedy AM and ADF veteran Garth Callender as ambassadors to help raise awareness of the work the Trust does in supporting traumatically injured and ill veterans and their families.

Kevin Sheedy AM played and coached an incredible 927 VFL/AFL football games over 47 years and was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He played for Richmond in the 1960’s and 1970’s, winning three premierships along the way.  He coached Essendon in the VFL/AFL for almost three decades, winning four premierships and earning acclaim for his unusual and creative approaches to promoting the club and the game.

Kevin conceived the first ANZAC Day game in 1995 involving Collingwood and Essendon, which remains one of the most highly attended games of the season.

Kevin joins us as an Ambassador following the success of Bravery Trust’s Thank You For Your Service Seats program at the 2016 ANZAC Day match. He said, “I am very pleased to become an Ambassador for Bravery Trust. It is a very worthwhile cause and I am very proud to be associated with highlighting the issues facing our servicewomen and men who have served their country.”

Garth Callender is a former Major in the Australian Army who is currently working with the NSW state government on planning and delivering the Veterans Employment Program across the NSW public sector, which matches veterans with fulfilling careers in public sector roles.

As a junior Army officer in Iraq in 2004, Garth was critically injured in an IED blast during a routine escort convoy for Australian diplomats. He was the first Australian casualty of the Iraq conflict to require evacuation overseas, eventually returning to Australia for extensive rehabilitation. He redeployed to the Middle East 12 months later, leading a team to identify insurgent bomb makers.

Garth said of his appointment, “Proud members of the military don’t always fall on their feet. Thankfully Bravery Trust is there to help when times get tough. I am extremely proud to be an ambassador for Bravery Trust, assisting to highlight and overcome many of the issues facing the contemporary veteran community.”

In announcing the two appointments, Bravery Trust CEO Sean Farrell said, “Both Kevin and Garth are highly respected individuals who have demonstrated strong integrity and leadership in their fields of endeavour. They bring to the Trust a high profile and unique understanding of the issues our ADF veterans experience. I am delighted to welcome them to our team.”

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