It’s apt that the 35th annual Gympie Muster is celebrating ‘mates, music and making a difference’ when Mates4Mates is the official Charity Partner.

Mates4Mates is a not-for-profit organisation providing treatment programs for current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force ‘Mates’ and their families. A national charity headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, Mates4Mates supports those Defence personnel who have been wounded, injured or are ill as a result of their service.

With Family Recovery Centres in Brisbane, Townsville and Hobart, Mates4Mates provides a friendly environment for Mates and their family members to access a range of services across five key areas: Physical Rehabilitation & Wellbeing Services; Psychological Services; Employment & Education Support Services; Rehabilitation Adventure Challenges; Social Connection Activities.

For Mates and their families in regional and rural areas, there are outreach activities available, telephone counselling and online self-development programs. The Rehabilitation Adventure Challenges are offered nationwide and, as part of Psychological Services, the Equine Therapy program is available to Mates across Australia.

Mates4Mates is about providing our current and ex-serving Defence personnel with mateship, support and direction. If you can, please donate to help a wounded Mate when you buy your Gympie Muster ticket.

Mates4Mates receives no government funding, so the support and donations we receive from the general public at events like the 2016 Gympie Muster are essential to ensuring we can provide free services to Mates and families in need. Thank you.

Curtis McGrath is a Mate.  He’s a world champion para-canoeist, an Invictus gold medallist and Paralympian, but he’s also a current serving Sapper in the Australian Army.

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“Immediately after losing my legs in Afghanistan on the 23rd August 2012, I said to the guys carrying me in the stretcher, ‘you will see me in the Paralympics’.  I have had a long road to recovery and Mates4Mates has helped me on that journey.   

The support and donations of the general public have meant that I can continue to fight for my country, this time in the field of sport.  Your support isn’t just helping me to achieve this goal, but stands in recognition of the many men that didn't return home from Afghanistan.”

Pennie Looker is a Mate.  She’s a wife and a mother to three children, but she’s also a veteran of 19 years in the Australian Army, having served in Timor and Solomon Islands.

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“After my discharge, a usual day for me included getting up around 1-2am, sick of fighting myself to get some sleep.  I spent the days battling my anxiety and the urge to snap at the tiniest things my kids did or said. 

Mates4Mates helped me to find my courage again and the strength to reconnect with others.  Your support isn’t just helping me to overcome PTSD, but also how to be part of my own family again. Thank you.”

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