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Rabbitohs fans have the chance to bid on a Rabbitohs player-worn jersey from this year’s Anzac Day clash against the Brisbane Broncos this Friday.

All proceeds from the Auction will go back to the Rabbitohs-supported Australian Defence Force (ADF) project, The Long Way Home – a project that is helping wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women with their rehabilitation.

To bid for this unique item and throw your support behind this worthy cause, please click here.

In a unique collaboration the Australian Defence Force partnered with the Sydney Theatre Company, writer Daniel Keene and director Stephen Rayne to bring the soldiers' real life accounts and experiences together in a stage production. The result was a powerful play which portrayed the reality of conflict and confronts the fear and disillusionment many Defence Force members face on their return home.

Thirteen ADF members teamed up with four professional actors to share a roller-coaster ride of emotions that resonated with audiences in sell out performances across the nation.  The production opened in Sydney and was presented in eight major cities, with 40 performances being viewed by 30,000 people.

Director General ADF Theatre Project, Brigadier Alison Creagh, said the play provided audiences with a better understanding of the challenges ADF personnel face on operations and in their service careers.

“The Long Way Home provided audiences with a deep insight into what it’s like on ADF operations,” Brigadier Creagh said.

“As we drawdown from Afghanistan and approach the centenary of World War I, The Long Way Home has showcased the courage and mateship the ADF is renowned for and is an opportunity for Australians to pay tribute to our servicemen and women - both past and present - and reflect on the experience of war.”

Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley said he was very proud of the soldiers' courage and commitment throughout the production.
“I have seen a marked change in many of the performers since this project began. Their confidence has grown and they are in a much stronger position to deal with their own transition. I know sharing their personal stories has also benefitted many of those who have seen the show,” General Hurley said.
After a decade of high operational tempo the ADF's focus is being clearly drawn towards physical and mental wellbeing of personnel who have returned from operations - including the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“We are not shying away from our veterans' mental health,” General Hurley said.
“The Long Way Home is just one of the many ways we are addressing the issue. The production has helped further the important conversation on military mental health. It is a good start point, but we must continue to talk about the issue and reduce the stigma around mental health that still exists in Australia.”
The Long Way Home is part of the official Centenary of Anzac program and provides an opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian military personnel.

To bid for this unique item and throw your support behind this worthy cause, please click here

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