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NEC and Invictus Australia partner to deliver more support to Australia’s veteran community 

1st August, 2022: MEDIA RELEASE: NEC Australia (NECA) and Invictus Australia have today announced a new partnership that will see the organisations work together to strengthen the health and wellbeing of Australian veterans and families through sport and recreation. 

Joining as Premier Partner, NECA will help Invictus Australia expand its reach to provide vital physical, mental and emotional support as veterans navigate their journey to civilian life.  

Mike Mrdak, Executive Chair & CEO, NEC ANZ, said the partnership will give invaluable support to the veteran community and their families. 

“We have seen first-hand the power that Invictus has to change lives of veterans all over the world. We’re thrilled to be a part of the Invictus Australia family as a Premium Partner,” he said. 

“Through its work globally and here in Australia, Invictus has proven that sport is an incredible avenue for healing and support as veterans transition out of service and navigate different stages of life.” 

Australia is the first nation to take ‘Invictus’ beyond the Games by building on its already powerful brand and core values to support the Defence and veteran community. 

Michael Hartung, CEO, Invictus Australia said the partnership will help find new and innovative ways to continue the great work being done in Australia. 

“We are delighted to have NEC on board as a Premier Partner for Invictus Australia and enjoyed sharing the stage to make the announcement of the partnership to their team. It’s wonderful that NEC are so engaged and dedicated to bringing this partnership to life, to find innovative ways to engage Australians around the needs of our veteran population, increase the awareness of Invictus competitors on the international stage as well as help us implement more opportunities for all local veterans and families through our grassroots sporting programs.  

“We look forward to an exciting, prosperous relationship with all members of the NEC community over the next three years, and beyond.”  

The partnership was launched at the Essendon V North Melbourne match at Marvel Stadium on 31st July 2022, as NEC is a strategic partner of Essendon and understands the power of sport to transform lives, health and community.

Local veterans and their families were involved in a Guard of Honour on the ground, Invictus competitors spoke to players, the crowd and other stakeholders, and two children of current serving personnel acted as team mascots for this special announcement.

It was a wonderful opportunity to launch a powerful partnership to support veterans, against an iconic sporting background, with our Defence community warmly welcomed.

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