1018 bears sponsored to 672 primary schools by 566 sponsors... Thank You for archie stratton For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Albany Creek State School - ALBANY CREEK Suzanah Kirby - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Fin Page For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Fremantle Language Development Centre - WILLAGEE Thank You CAE For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Beaconsfield Primary School - BEACONSFIELD Thank You HQ Air Force Training Group - RAAF Base Williams For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Saltwater College - Point Cook Thank You Mernda Central College For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Mernda Central P-12 College - MERNDA Thank You Whitsunday Anglican School Social Justice Club For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Whitsunday Anglican School - NORTH MACKAY Thank You Mandy & Tony Hubbard For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Maribyrnong Primary School - KALEEN Thank You CAE For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Go Kindy The Park Brindabella Learning Centre - CANBERRA AIRPORT Thank You Tamara & Roger Hall For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Freeling Primary School - FREELING Thank You Justine For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Leda Primary School - LEDA
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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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