1003 bears sponsored to 662 primary schools by 555 sponsors... Thank You O’Loughlin For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to St Brendan's Primary School - DUNNSTOWN Joe Kaplun - Panania RSL Sub Branch - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Jacobus C. F. du Toit For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Northside Christian College - EVERTON PARK Thank You Mentone Girls' Grammar School For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Mentone Girls' Grammar School - MENTONE Thank You Bill Guthrie For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to The Scots College - BELLEVUE HILL Thank You Jamie Hutchings happy learning about our veterans For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Robertson State School - ROBERTSON Thank You Francesca Bearman For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to John Paul II Primary School - ROKEBY Thank You Jill & Ross Cornthwaite For Donating Bernadette O'Meara - Nurse Bear to Russell Island State School - RUSSELL ISLAND Thank You David & Anna Beard For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Laurimar Primary School - DOREEN Thank You St Dympna's School For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to St Dympna's Parish School - ASPLEY Thank You Wing Commander Team Manager Invictus Games -ADF For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to St Francis of Assisi - Baranduda
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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