970 bears sponsored to 641 primary schools by 539 sponsors... Thank You Thank you Christine Quinn Principal 1995 -2018 For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Greenbank State School - GREENBANK KEITH PAYNE VC AM - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Turner/Garvis Family memory of Otto Schmidlechner For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Peace Lutheran Primary School - GATTON Thank You The O'Neill family For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to Springfield Central State School - SPRINGFIELD Thank You BrandNet For Donating Grey Wilson - Greatcoat Bear to Cooma North Public School - COOMA Thank You Donated by the pascoe family For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Lilli Pilli Public School - LILLI PILLI Thank You Donated by Hatton Family 2018 For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Warwick East State School - WARWICK Thank You Karen Reid For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to East Butler Primary School - BUTLER Thank You The Coleman family For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Bunbury Primary School - BUNBURY Thank You ASC Pty Ltd For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Westport Primary School - SEMAPHORE PARK Thank You Chris Pitman - Invictus Team Member 2018 For Donating Albert Murray - Western Front Bear to Torrensville Primary School - TORRENSVILLE
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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