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the brainchild of
Team (SRT) member
Lucy Dodd. During
the event, ShelterBox director Tim Klar
got to talking with Lucy to discover
what got her involved in ShelterBox. It
transpired that Lucy once presented a
session at Ken McInerny’s conference in
Bordertown, SA, about her work at the
Arid Lands Botanic Park. The speaker
following her spoke about the work of
ShelterBox. Lucy was so inspired she
successfully applied to SRT training
and, after successfully completing her
training in the UK, became a valued
member of the SRT in Australia. It
was not until WOMADelaide that
Lucy became aware that the speaker
who inspired her was none other than
Members of our SRTs are all volunteers
and come from all walks of life. SRT
members have delivered ShelterBoxes
to victims of disasters in Africa, Asia,
Australasia, Europe and the Americas.
Applying to become an SRT is not a
decision to be taken lightly; our teams
must be capable of operating without
adding to the burden of the people we
are there to help. SRT volunteers need
to be fit, hard-working, resourceful
people. Acting as our eyes and ears on
the ground, they are vital to ShelterBox
and we are rightly proud them.
Given the nature of the work and
the level of responsibility expected
of volunteers, we are committed
to supporting those who choose to
volunteer for us. There are numerous
ways to support ShelterBox and begin
your journey towards becoming a
ShelterBox Response Team member.
You can start by contacting general
manager Mike Greenslade at mike.
firstname.lastname@example.org or on
0459 959 501.
Why is ANZAC Day so important?
ANZAC Day commemorates the landing of Australian and
New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli at Anzac Cove
on April 25, 1915, in present-day Turkey. The Australian and
New Zealand soldiers were part of a largely British force that
also contained troops from France, India and Newfoundland.
ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps.
At Gallipoli on April 25 the Allies began an attack on the
Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), which was fighting on Germany’s
side. This action began an eight-month campaign in which tens
of thousands of soldiers lost their lives and thousands more
were injured. For Australians, the Gallipoli campaign ended
with the evacuation of ANZAC troops on December 20, 1915.
In those eight months, a million men fought each other,
nearly half of them becoming casualties. Australians lost 8709,
New Zealanders lost 2701, the British lost 27,000, the French
lost 10,000, the Indians lost 1000 and the Turks lost 86,000
men. This terrible conflict is seen as the spiritual birthplace for
Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
Although the Gallipoli campaign was unsuccessful, every
year on the anniversary of the landings, Australians honour
the courage of all of those who fought and commemorate the
sacrifice of all those who died during the campaign. On this day
Australians also commemorate all those who fought and lost
their lives in all wars.
– Australian War Memorial
of this competition from each school
read their poem at the ceremony and
school representatives were invited to
lay a wreath.
President of the Hampton RSL, Peter
Lanigan, said: “The outcome for this
ANZAC Day project will benefit local
schools, students and the community,
and we look forward to it being an
ongoing feature in the local calendar.”
The ceremony featured St Leonard’s
College Junior Band and Choir and
the Catafalque Guard of the Mentone
Grammar Army Cadet Unit, which
added to the solemnity of the occasion.
MC’d by Graeme Disney, OAM, the
ANZAC address was conducted by
Lt. Commander Helen Ward, RANR.
James Long, BM, Mayor, Bayside City
Council and the Hon. Andrew Robb
AO MP were also in attendance. The
Ode was read by then district governor
elect Carol Lawton.
From the very moving Last Post (by
Albie Sands from St Leonard’s College)
to the performance of In Flanders
Fields by the choir, some personal
poems from each school’s winning
students and the singing of Advance
Australia Fair to close, there was many
an opportunity to pause and reflect on
Starting the tradition at a
For the second year, the Rotary Club of
Dingley Village held an ANZAC service
for the local kindergarten students.
The service was attended by around 80
local four- and five-year-old children, as
well as their teachers, parents, siblings
and grandparents. Prior to the service,
the children had learnt about the
events of ANZAC Day, and in particular
what animals were involved in the war.
Rotarian Kevan Thomas conducted the
low-key educational service, with the
children keen to share what they had
learnt about ANZAC Day. The story of
Simpson and his donkey was very much
in the minds of the children, especially
with the appearance of “Gypsy” the
donkey. Several of the students laid
wreaths on behalf of their particular
kindergarten group. After the service,
Gypsy was very popular with a long
line of children waiting to have their
photo taken with her.
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