Government kick-starts ANZAC Appeal

Published Thursday, 18 April, 2013 at 01:12 PM

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier
The Honourable Glen Elmes

The Queensland Government has kick-started the annual ANZAC Day Appeal with a $15,000 donation presented today to the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland.

Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans Affairs Glen Elmes presented the cheque to the President of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee Arthur Burke OAM at a special ANZAC commemorative display in the foyer of the Executive Building.

“The ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee plays an important role in our community, supporting and acknowledging our current and past defence personnel and their families,” Mr Elmes said.

“The Queensland Government is proud to support the ADCC’s fundraising efforts by launching the 2013 ANZAC Appeal and donating $15,000 to launch the appeal.

“I urge everyone to support this worthy cause by buying a badge, ribbon or token to help the ADCC continue its valuable work.

“ANZAC Day remains one of the most important national occasions for both Australia and New Zealand; an opportunity to pay respects to everyone who has served in military operations, and to acknowledge those who serve in the military today.

“Next year will see even bigger crowds to mark the centenary of the beginning of Australia’s involvement in the First World War in 1914.

“The Queensland Government has set up an advisory committee to recommend the themes, events and activities which will form the state’s ANZAC centenary commemoration program.”

Mr Burke thanked the Queensland Government for its significant contribution which, he said, would greatly assist the Committee’s ANZAC Day Badge Appeal.

“A significant portion of the Committee’s operating funds is raised during the annual volunteer ANZAC “STORM” badge appeal on the 24 April in Brisbane’s CBD, Fortitude Valley, and South Brisbane,” Mr Burke said.

“Funds raised through the appeal support the Committee’s efforts in promoting the ‘Spirit of ANZAC’ through youth education, veteran welfare, war memorial construction and restoration and assisting with a range of commemoration services and legacy projects.”

The Committee assists in organising the annual Dawn Service at ANZAC Square in Brisbane. Mr Burke said to cater for large crowds expected at this year’s service, a live simulcast will be available in King George Square.

[ENDS] 18 April 2013

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