Aww! Gold Coast man recognised as ‘Australia’s Greatest Mate’

An Afghanistan veteran from the Gold Coast has been named Australia’s Most Dedicated Mate.

Local man Tim Weir was given the honour following a national competition launched this year by veterans organisation Mates4Mates.

The non-profit charity supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families who are wounded, injured or ill as a result of their service.


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In a statement, Mates4Mates said Tim is the “definition of ‘putting everybody before himself’”

“Tim has consistently gone above and beyond to make friends, family and work colleagues feel appreciated and valued, offering a sense of humor, support and a listening ear.”

Appearing on Channel Nine’s Today Show on Friday morning, Tim said the award was “unexpected” but a “good honour”.

Mates4Mates CEO Tim Watson revealed Tim has been a groomsman an astonishing 15 times and was nominated for the award by his mates.

“His mates put him in particularity because of the dedication he’s shown around his friends and his friends that he’s served with in the army and in Afghanistan,” Mr Watson said.

“He’s been there for a lot of people. Puts his property up here for all of his army mates on the weekend and helps them out in their time of need.”

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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