The messages will also help raise funds for Australian families affected by war with Telstra donating $1 to Legacy for every message received via SMS and online.
It’s the fourth year that Telstra has provided the service in partnership with the Australian Defence Force. Close to 40,000 messages of support have been delivered to Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel since 2009.
Able Seaman Daniel Mendonca from Mandurah, who is serving in Afghanistan, said the messages to servicemen and women made them feel the work they were doing was recognised by everyday Australians.
‘When we receive these message we feel a real sense of pride in the work we are doing,” he said.
‘Being away from home is all part of the job but receiving these messages brings a little bit of home to us.
‘Anzac Day is a special day for all of us, made particularly special by being away from home upholding the Anzac tradition.’
Telstra chief executive 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,’ he said.
The Message To The Troops service is open until 5pm on Friday, April 26. SMS messaegs to to 044 SUPPORT (0447 877 678) or online at telstra.com/anzacday.