The FBAA has announced a major partnership with national charity Mates4Mates, an organisation that supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service, either in Australia or overseas.
FBAA chief executive officer Peter White
said it was appropriate to make the announcement just after Anzac Day, as the association is funding ten “mates” to walk the Kokoda Trail as a part of their commemorating 100 Years of ANZ
White said the partnership would involve financial support as well as raising funds for the organisation through the FBAA’s activities including the annual conference.
“This is not only a very proud moment for all of us at the FBAA, but for the industry as a whole.
“I believe it shows the heart of finance brokers, and sends the message that we are a part of our community and willing to put our hand up for those in need.”
He said there were no better people to support than those who have suffered while fighting for our nation.
Services provided by Mates4Mates include physical rehabilitation, psychological services, employment, adventure challenges and family recovery centres.
The organisation has been supported by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith. Its ambassadors include actor Hugh Jackman, cricketer Ryan Harris and VC recipient Daniel Keighran.
“Members can expect to hear more about Mates4Mates and meet some of the ‘mates’ over the coming years,” White explained.