Send a Message To The Troops this Anzac day and help raise money for Legacy

Media Release, 22 April 2013

Australians are being encouraged to send messages of support to Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel in the lead up to Anzac Day.

From this Sunday 21st April through to Friday 26th April, Australians will be able to send their messages to our servicemen and women at home and overseas via SMS and online.

These messages will also help raise funds for Australian families affected by war, with Telstra donating $1 for every message received* to Legacy.

This is the fourth year Telstra has provided this service in partnership with the Australian Defence Force with close to 40,000 messages of support delivered to Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel since 2009.

Telstra CEO David Thodey urged all Australians to get behind the troops.

“Most Australians know at least one person who has served, or is serving, our country and it’s important that we pause to honour their work, particularly as we commemorate Anzac day,” said Mr Thodey.

“I am proud that Telstra has the technology to help connect the Australian public to our troops serving here and abroad. We also want to provide broader support, so this year we will donate $1 for every message received* during this period to Legacy,” continued Mr Thodey.

Chief of Defence, General David Hurley thanked Telstra for its support of Australia’s service men and women and highlighted the importance of these messages.

“Many of the men and women of the Navy, Army and Air Force spend long periods of time away from family and friends. Whether it be protecting our borders, assisting in disaster recovery or service abroad, these messages will reassure our people that Australia is behind what they are doing and appreciate their work,” said General Hurley.

Legacy Chairman Charles Wright also stressed the value in sending a Message To The Troops.

“As someone who has served both within Australia and abroad, I know how much it means to get a message of support from your friends, family and general public in the lead up to and on Anzac Day. I urge all Australians to take thirty seconds out of their day to send a message – it really means a lot to the troops,” said Mr. Wright.

“We’re also extremely grateful for Telstra’s donation to Legacy through this program which will be used to support Australian families affected by war in a number of ways including practical assistance around prevention of social isolation, kids camps and respite holidays for widows,” continued Mr. Wright.

The Message To The Troops service will be open from 6am, Sunday 21 April to 5pm, Friday 26 April and Australians can send messages either via SMS to 044 SUPPORT (0447 877 678) or online at