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A Force For Good

April 29, 2022 3 min read

A Force For Good

TWENTYFIVEFOUR joined hundreds of CrossFit athletes and workout enthusiasts who muscled up in gyms across Australia in a gruelling 24 hour workout to honour fallen service members.

 

In partnership with Wounded Heroes Australia, 24 Hours of Heroes Australia was hosted by Nepean Crossfit and live streamed to gyms throughout Australia, where participants pushed beyond their comfort zone doing workouts dedicated to veterans who were killed in action or died by suicide because of service-related injuries.

 

For TWENTYFIVEFOUR, the workouts are personal as all its founders are veterans themselves, and through its social impact arm, the company is supporting charities, including Wounded Heroes Australia.

 

Before time was called on the last workout, participants raised an impressive $90,000+ with donations still rolling in.Wounded Heroes Australia relies on donations to deliver its homelessness support programs, including financial support during a crisis. 

 

President Martin Shaw says the organisation is needs-based and able to respond to calls for help in rapid time because of this.

 

“We have a national service delivery model whereas the other organisations are state-based and therefore, so too is the legislation and frameworks they work within,” says Mr Shaw.“For instance, a family came to us recently of a former commando, his wife and young child living in their car because things had just gotten on top of them.

 

People don’t realise how quickly things can go wrong when PTSD is involved.

“We got them into emergency accommodation, but because they hadn’t lived in that state for six months, they weren’t eligible for support by one of the more prominent veterans’ organisations.

 

“What it says is that the larger organisations are stuck with an 80-year-old constitution and processes and lots of money.”Mr Shaw says demand for Wounded Heroes has only continued to grow since 2007, when it was established to support the family of a deployed soldier who needed urgent medical and financial assistance.

Housing research by three universities in 2016 found almost a quarter of a million Australians were living in poor or very poor-quality housing; that’s one in 10 Australians.

 

Mr Shaw says it gets even more complex for veterans, given the unique nature of their employment and military conditioning. In 2020, landmark research funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs reported that about 5,800 ex-serving men and women are homeless in a 12-month period, significantly higher than for all Australians.

He says the Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide had been shining a light on issues he and other organisations had long known about, but even then, it doesn’t go far enough to address the needs of partners and children who are left to pick up the pieces.

 

That’s where Wounded Heroes Australia comes in.“I was in a house late last year of an Afghanistan veteran who was twice injured and living in the dark with no electricity,’ “His wife had sold all her jewellery to keep feeding the family, and he’d hocked his medals for $1,000 and now his children had agreed to hawk their Playstation.

 

“It just broke my heart. We helped them out, and it might be money, but I call it hope.”

 

The event topped its goal to raise $100,000 thanks to host gyms which included Strand Fitness, Evexia Crossfit and Therapies, and Crossfit TMA.

To donate, visit www.woundedheroes.org.au/


1 Response

Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw

May 02, 2022

The support of TWENTYFIVEFOUR is not taken for granted. Together we can get stuff done with speed, no judgement and with compassion

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