992 bears sponsored to 656 primary schools by 550 sponsors... Thank You Craig McNally, Ramsay Health Care For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Parkside Primary School - PARKSIDE Burringbar RSL Sub Branch - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Sarah Jackson For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Ashby Primary School - GEELONG WEST Thank You Baker For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to St Jude's Primary School - HOLDER Thank You Tamara & Roger Hall For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Freeling Primary School - FREELING Thank You Janette Barton For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Ironbark Ridge Public School - ROUSE HILL Thank You Board Member, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School - ESSENDON Thank You The Gees Family For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Bundaberg Christian College - BUNDABERG Thank You ASC Pty Ltd For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Pennington School R-7 - PENNINGTON Thank You The Meinhardt Family For Donating Clarence Thomas - Stretcher-Bearer Bear to Sacred Heart School - BOOVAL Thank You Bernard, Kim, Chris & Lauren Higgins. For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Guildford Public School - GUILDFORD
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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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