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Aussie Fans Send Support to Games Heroes

11 Mar 06 22:09
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With just three days until the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Australians are using every means possible - writing, text messaging, calling, even sending flowers - to get behind the Australian Commonwealth Games team.


Telstra anticipates over 100,000 messages of support being sent through its Telstra HeroMessage service and the National Australia Bank has been following the Queen’s Baton Relay, collecting messages to athletes from right around Australia which will be displayed at the MGC during the Games.


Australia Post’s Letter Link program has been encouraging Aussie school kids to write to their heroes and expects more than 300,000 letters to come into the Commonwealth Games Village over the Games period.


Dedicated supporters of the athletes will also have the chance to send flowers through Interflora’s florist inside the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.


Telstra’s HeroMessage has been allowing Australians to encourage their favourite athletes for over 15 years.  Commonwealth Games swimming champion Matt Welsh finds that it offers terrific incentive for athletes.  “There is no greater motivation than receiving inspiring words of encouragement from Australians who want you to achieve your best,” said Welsh.


For the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Telstra has introduced video calls in addition to emails, text messages and voice calls.  Athletes will be able to view their HeroMessages from the comfort of the Dell internet cafe in the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.


The NAB has been traveling across the country with the Queen’s Baton Relay, gathering Australians’ support for the athletes.  The messages, written by spectators of the relay, will be displayed at the MCG on a ‘Welcome Wall’ designed to boost athletes’ confidence before they compete.


Also encouraging writing to athletes, Australia Post has distributed Letter Link kits to 10,000 schools around Australia.  The program saw Australian athletes receive over 300,000 letters from school children during the Sydney Olympics, a number that it expects to repeat during Melbourne 2006.


For keen supporters who want to go the extra mile, Interflora has a dedicated florist inside the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village to deliver specially designed ‘good luck’ bouquets to the athletes.  Interflora’s  Florist expects to be kept busy delivering Australians’ support throughout the Village.


Australians can show their support by:

  • Logging onto, sending a HeroMessage via text, picture or video message, along with the athlete’s name to 0428 MY HERO (0428 694 376) (standard mobile rates apply) or calling HeroMessageBank for standard voice or 3G video calls on 0427MYHERO (0427 694 376)
  • Writing a letter to: [Athlete’s Name], [Sport], GPO Box 5803, Melbourne, Vic, 3001 
  • Visiting a NAB ‘Celebration Site’ along the Queen’s Baton Relay and writing a message for the MCG’s Welcome Wall.  Celebration Sites will be at Nunawading on March 13 and Melbourne on March 14.
  • Visiting, ringing the Interflora Flowerline on 1800 808 500 or calling their local Interflora florist to order a good luck bouquet



Media Contacts


Jane Lusk


0412 674 349


Susan Swann


0412 841 735

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