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Gurkhas Australia

More than 100 high school students from across Sydney and employees from some of Sydney’s biggest companies have come out in a unique show of support to Gurkha veterans and their families who are still recovering from the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

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"This has been a powerful example of mates helping mates in their time of need," according to the Director of Gurkhas Australia, Dr Chris Hartley.

Australian soldiers have fought side by side with Gurkhas – renowned for their loyalty and bravery – since the battles of Gallipoli in World War One.

Australian Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, who inspected the Gurkha Challenge held at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, said the event celebrates the strength of the defence relationship between Australia and Britain. “This engagement, particularly with school students, is a fantastic way to develop greater understanding and knowledge about our historic defence ties,” Minister Payne said.

"This engagement, particularly with school students, is a fantastic way to develop greater understanding and knowledge about our historic defence ties," Minister Payne said.

The British High Commissioner, Menna Rawlings, who also attended the event and spoke at the traditional Gurkha dinner echoed the Defence Minister’s comments. "Developing a good understanding of the history of these defence ties and an appreciation for the importance of that relationship augers well for a continuing strong and effective partnership into the future," she said.

Earlier several of the Gurkha contingent, who have been training with Australian Defence Forces in Queensland, competed in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon. Team Gurkha came third in the Corporate Challenge and 14th overall.

 

Dr Hartley said the event has been a success achieving its aims of developing a greater awareness of the significance of the relationship between Australian soldiers and Gurkhas as well as raising several thousand dollars towards helping rebuild homes for Gurkha veterans still recovering from the 2015 earthquakes