John Bale joined the Australian Army in 2002 with a schoolmate who was later killed by an improvised explosive device in 2008. Wanting to give something back to his mates and colleagues who had been wounded – physically or psychologically – during military operations, John co-founded Soldier On in 2012. Soldier On inspires, enhances and empowers wounded soldiers to move on with their lives. John drives Soldier On’s activities with enthusiasm and endeavour – whether that’s engaging wounded soldiers to tackle physically challenging activities such as walking the Kokoda Track, supporting rehabilitation or negotiating new employment, training and education opportunities. As Chief Executive Officer of this growing charity, John has provided the focus and inspiration to a large and expanding volunteer base. Those involved with Soldier On speak of regaining their sense of purpose. As one wounded soldier says, “John has given me and others like me a platform to voice our experiences – this voice has given me back my sense of empowerment.”
Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their families.
Raiders Canberra, as a key sponsor of Menslink and this event in particular, will be providing a lucky door prize, so bring along a business card to put into the draw.
Hopefully we can see you there…