970 bears sponsored to 641 primary schools by 539 sponsors... Thank You J&R Murray Stone Murillumbah NSW For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Forest Lodge Public School - GLEBE Kylie Young - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Maj Bakker, Lt Bakker and Bakker Family For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Wodonga South Primary School - WODONGA Thank You activIT systems For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Mercy College - MIRRABOOKA Thank You ASC Pty. Ltd. For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Coogee Primary School - COOGEE Thank You Medibank For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Carenne School - BATHURST Thank You Andrew Wilkinson - Invictus Team Member For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Thomas Hassall Anglican College - HOXTON PARK Thank You Donated by Chappy Ryan Lowes For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Nambour State College - NAMBOUR Thank You Paul J Bannan. Yea Memorial Rifles For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Yea Primary School - YEA Thank You James Interior Care Mareeba For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to St Thomas of Villanova Parish School - MAREEBA Thank You Day Designs For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Hammondville Public School - HAMMONDVILLE
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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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