988 bears sponsored to 654 primary schools by 549 sponsors... Thank You The Butler Family - Trick Farm For Donating Clarence Thomas - Stretcher-Bearer Bear to Ben Lomond Public School - BEN LOMOND Michael Boyd - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You CAE For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Richmond Public School - RICHMOND Thank You Tiffany White - Invictus Team Meber 2018 For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to St Thomas More's Primary - CAMPBELL Thank You Lawrence Malcolm Knowles For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Tamworth Public School - TAMWORTH Thank You In Memory of Jim Mason VP Bridges Coulter families For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Mornington Park Primary School - MORNINGTON Thank You Cliff and Coby Leggatt For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Marshall Road State School - HOLLAND PARK WEST Thank You CAE For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Medowie Public School - MEDOWIE Thank You GRAN Douglas For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to St Margaret's Anglican Girls School - ASCOT Thank You Goulburn Soldiers Club For Donating Albert Murray - Western Front Bear to Ss Peter and Paul's Primary School - GOULBURN Thank You Murwillumbah Services Memorial Club For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Dungay 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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