1005 bears sponsored to 663 primary schools by 555 sponsors... Thank You ASC Pty Ltd For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Le Fevre Peninsula Primary School - BIRKENHEAD John O'Brien THE CITY OF BLACKTOWN RSL SUB BRANCH - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You ron pearce For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Bundeena Public School - BUNDEENA Thank You Defence Schools Transition Aide 2017 & 2018 For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to St Mary's Primary School - DARWIN Thank You Jeff Wright - Invictus Team Member 2018 For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to St Joseph's School, The Strand - NORTH WARD Thank You Grace and Lilly Blake For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Holy Cross Primary School - WOOLOOWIN Thank You Jason & Rebecca Floyd For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Murwillumbah East Primary School - MURWILLUMBAH Thank You Angus & Aiden Davie For Donating Grey Wilson - Greatcoat Bear to Canberra Grammar Junior School - RED HILL Thank You Barraba Central School For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Barraba Central School - BARRABA Thank You Graham Astridge For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Pakenham Consolidated School - PAKENHAM Thank You Jo Killips For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Marshall Road State School - HOLLAND PARK WEST
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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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