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.
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.