Soldier On has celebrated its 9th annual National Gala Ball at the National Arboretum Canberra, where more than $150,000 was raised in support of serving and ex-serving veterans and their families.
Led by media personality, Melissa Doyle, the premier black-tie event attracted more than 400 attendees and VIP guests. The event welcomed the most senior people in Defence, business and the community to raise money for Soldier On’s life-changing services.
This year’s event saw His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley deliver a memorable address to attendees, sharing the complexities of service in light of upcoming ANZAC Day celebrations.
“We should recognise that this generation has changed, evolved and built on the ANZAC legacy in a spectacularly successful way… If you take the words ‘Endurance’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Mateship’ and ‘Courage’ – the four words we talk about on ANZAC Day – How do you turn that into a way that you live your life as a country?” His Excellency asked.
“There are three aspects to that; give us a job to do and we do our best to get it done, give us a job to do and we will do it in a way that you will feel proud of us, while we are doing that we will look after our mates, and when we’re finished, we will look after them too. That, to me, is the ANZAC legacy. Soldier On lives that to its core,” His Excellency added.
Soldier On CEO, Ivan Slavich, said he was overwhelmed by the outstanding support that was received on the night. “It is fantastic to see so many influential members of the Defence and business communities coming together in support of our serving and ex-serving veterans and their family members,” Mr Slavich said.
“The funds raised at the National Gala Ball will allow Soldier On to deliver more of its services to our participants. We will be putting on more Psychologists, more counsellors, and offering more social connections services to try and help prevent veteran suicide” Mr Slavich added.
This year’s event is made possible by the support of Synergy Group Australia, the 2021 National Gala Ball Platinum Sponsor.