1007 bears sponsored to 663 primary schools by 556 sponsors... Thank You Graeme Brims For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Bossley Park Public School - BOSSLEY PARK John O'Brien THE CITY OF BLACKTOWN RSL SUB BRANCH - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You The Rolfe family (nee Ng - Class of 2001) For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Canberra Girls Grammar School (Senior School) - DEAKIN Thank You Paul & Angela Mitchell, Murwillumbah Tyre Service For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula School - MURWILLUMBAH Thank You V. & H. D Andrews Haulage Pty Ltd For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Gwabegar Public School - GWABEGAR Thank You ASC Pty Ltd For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Portside Christian College - PORT ADELAIDE DC Thank You Arkell family For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Albany Creek State School - ALBANY CREEK Thank You In loving memory of Sergeant William Leyshon For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Kingswood Public School - KINGSWOOD Thank You St Johns Grammar School - Junior Campus For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to St John's Grammar School - BELAIR Thank You From Principal Brett Costin and Victory College For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Two Mile State School - GYMPIE Thank You Southside Auto Wreckers For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Murwillumbah Public School - MURWILLUMBAH
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 (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/AFL Photos)
(Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/AFL Photos)

 

This year, the Essendon Anzac Day supporters brunch hosted a few very special guests.Those who attended the event, held prior to the traditional Collingwood-Essendon fixture, had the privilege of listening to a group Anzac Invictus Games competitors that represented Australia and New Zealand at the 2018 Sydney Games. On stage were Matt Brumby, Ben Farinazzo, Daryl Burton and Veteran Sport Australia Engagement Specialist Rachel Kerrigan (who is also a 2016 Invictus competitor), sharing their thoughts and experiences around the rehabilitating potential of sport in promoting physical and mental well-being.

Bears to School was also there, with one of our bears accompanying Ben Farinazzo to the event. Ben is a Bears to School Ambassador who has been sharing his own passion for veteran health through the Bears to School program. He served in East Timor as part of INTERFET; the multi-national task force that aimed to stabilize the country between 1999-2000. Read more about Ben’s story here.

(Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/AFL Photos)

 

A few of more our bears were also present, looking for new homes as part of the charity auction. Have you thought about donating a bear to a school close to you?

Bears to School is a community-focused initiative that aims to tell Australian stories of service in a way that young children can relate to. Each of the bears represents a different Anzac from the Great War, and tells his or her unique story. From nurses and aviators to our legendary light horsemen, every bear has amazing details like uniforms, insignia and equipment that share history in a tangible way. Your donation will be accompanied by learning materials and a certificate that acknowledges your generosity of spirit.

Make sure the Anzac spirit endures with the next generation of young Australians and donate a bear.

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