1011 bears sponsored to 666 primary schools by 560 sponsors... Thank You ASC Pty. Ltd. For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Beeliar Primary School - BEELIAR Tracey Rose - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Redbank Plains RSL Sub Branch in memory of fallen members For Donating John Murray - Wounded Bear to Staines Memorial College - REDBANK PLAINS Thank You The Hills Christian Community School For Donating John Murray - Wounded Bear to The Hills Christian Community School - VERDUN Thank You Aliera Tucker For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Holy Spirit School - LAVINGTON Thank You They gave us freedom. Never forget. For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Toogoolawah State School - TOOGOOLAWAH Thank You Margaret Batzloff For Donating Clarence Thomas - Stretcher-Bearer Bear to Kingaroy State School - KINGAROY Thank You Kip McGrath Education Centre Booragoon For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Booragoon Primary School - BOORAGOON Thank You James Interior Care Mareeba For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Biboohra State School - MAREEBA Thank You Military Shop For Donating Grey Wilson - Greatcoat Bear to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Riverwood - RIVERWOOD Thank You Willow and Blake Millar For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School - TWEED HEADS
Darren Chester

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been involved with Bears to School since the campaign’s inception. The DVA previously granted Bears to School the right and privilege to use the protected term ‘Anzac’. There are clear regulations around the use of the word ‘Anzac‘ under the Protection of Word ‘Anzac’ Act 1920 and penalties apply for the incorrect use of the term. Permission from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs is required to use the word ‘Anzac‘.

Bears to School was therefore thrilled to have the Minister, Darren Chester MP, add his message of support. Mr Chester, who is also the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, commented that:

“I commend initiatives like the Bears to School program, which encourages students to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in what so many hoped would be the ‘war to end all wars.”

“As we approach the Centenary of Armistice we must think about ways to engage future generations in the story of Australian men and women who served in the First World War. With the war now beyond living memory, we can no longer speak to those who witnessed the war first hand, but their stories remain with us … I thank you for your commitment to honouring our military history and to those who serve.”

View Minister Chester’s full message of support

Bears to School is also featured in the latest edition of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs newspaper VETAFFAIRS (Spring 2018).

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