Gurkhas are elite soldiers from Nepal who serve in the British Army and have stood beside Australian troops in almost every conflict since Gallipoli.
Gurkhas Australia supports Gurkha veterans, widows and communities in Nepal through 'The Gurkha Welfare Trust' the leading charity in Nepal. Although current Gurkhas receive full pensions, previous generations do not and so many rely on our generosity simply to survive.
The earthquakes of two years ago smashed communities and homes, killing veterans and their families, only adding to the challenge of supporting our ‘brothers in arms' in their time of need.
Gurkhas are known to be as fearless in conflict as they are good-natured outside it. They are renowned for their loyalty, professionalism and bravery. Over two hundred years of service, 13 Victoria Crosses and many bravery awards later, they remain “the bravest of the brave”.. and at our side.
From the deadly slopes of Gallipoli to the treacherous plains of Afghanistan, Gurkhas have stood side by side and fought alongside Australian soldiers and Special Forces. They have served the Allies for over 200 years. Our brothers in arms fought in Burma and Borneo and were also in East Timor under the command of Governor-General General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.
Many Gurkha soldiers have served alongside Australian troops, yet without the 15 years of service needed to qualify for an Army pension, they have nothing. Nepal is an incredibly poor country and there is no safety net unless we provide one. Our funds help provide financial, medical and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families, widows and communities.
After a six week training exercise in Northern Queensland, 18 Gurkhas have volunteered to visit Sydney in May to build awareness and to support the fund raising efforts of Gurkhas Australia. This is your chance to meet them, learn with them and dine with them.
“As the inscription on the Gurkha memorial in London states, they are the bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous,” former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Now it is our turn.