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.”
Meet Australia’s greatest mate! He’s an Afghanistan veteran who’s been a groomsman 15 times (plus a stint as maid of honour!) and has been recognised for his comradery to mates battling mental health issues. What an absolute legend. 👍👏 #9Today pic.twitter.com/rvIOUU15BX
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 9, 2018