Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison enlisted the support of Sharks skipper Paul Gallen in helping to raise awareness of Soldier On, an organisation assisting service personnel and their families build successful futures.
The pair were at Burraneer Bay Primary School on a special day for Soldier On, kicking off a campaign to set a 24-hour World Record for arm wrestling in a symbolic gesture of how as a community, Australians can help keep veterans and their families 'Stronger Together'.
Soldier On wants to create the unique World Record using the image of a friendly arm wrestle in what they believe sums up what it means to be stronger together.
Today's Soldier On event to promote fundraising and awareness of the organisation, also holds extra significance considering in two day's time, at 11am on November 11, Australians will pause for Remembrance Day commemorations.
Despite Gallen still rehabilitating the shoulder injury which kept him out of the Sharks final game against the Storm, the captain of the Sharks and the leader of the country still managed a friendly arm wrestle in support of the worthy cause.
Download arm wrestling photos on social media with the hashtag #strongertogether18 or go to www.soldieron.org.au to make a donation and to find out more about the work carried out by Soldier On and the services they provide.
About Soldier On
Soldier on was established to help service personnel and their families build successful futures.
Since 1990, over 290,000 brave men and women have served the country in the Australian Defence Force. From wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to peacekeeping missions in East Timor, Bougainville, Cambodia, the Solomon Islands, Somalia and Rwanda, veterans have undertaken extraordinary tasks in defence of the nation.
At Soldier On, they recognise that throughout these operations, the ADF and greater National Security Community have worked side by side, with support now also offered to Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other security agencies, with the aim to help build resilient individuals capable of developing and expanding meaningful connection with family, community and employers.
Today, Soldier On has centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, as well as offices in Adelaide, Albury, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth. All centres and the office in Currumbin have an in-house psychologist who specialises in trauma-related mental health conditions. Soldier On centres also have Employment Officers and Social Program Officers, to provide employment and education support as well as social activities and programs.
For more, go to www.soldieron.org.au