I am a currently serving in the Australian Army as well as playing for the Adelaide Crows FC in the inaugural AFL Women's competition. Every game of footy I play I wear a trademark pink headgear so my vision impaired mum is able to see me on the footy field which has received some interest from the public. Because of this, on the 11th March when the Adelaide Crows play the Melbourne Demons at TIO Stadium in Darwin for the 6th round of the AFL Women's comp, I will be trading the pink head gear for a camouflage one to help raise awareness and funds for Soldier On, and help provide much needed support to aid the recovery of those who have served our country.
Working in the medical field within the Defence Force I have a direct understanding of the impact that mental and physical wounds have on serving members, veterans and their families. My goal with this event is to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues within the military to the wider community, with the hope to diminish the stigma surrounding it, as well as raise funds to support those individuals with their recovery.
My goal is to raise $1000, but essentially I want to show my support for an issue that is very close to me and my mates at work.
As entry to the game is free, I urge all those attending or even those who aren’t to make even the smallest of donations to show support for those who have served our country. No matter how small any donation would be very much appreciated.