RSL National President Hugs Bears to School
The Charity Ambassador of the Bears to School project, National President of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL), Mr Robert Dick, encourages RSL members to get behind this important project by sponsoring a Bear for their local community.
The Bears to School program was initiated this year in the lead up to Armistice Day to provide schools and communities across the country with a passive teaching aid designed to educate children on the history of war.
Mr Dick believes Bears to School is a “big program” that has fantastic benefits for ensuring the younger generation engage with history by utilising a Great War bear that is authentically dressed to tell the story.
The National program provides fundraising opportunities for a range of charities chosen by the sponsor at the time of purchasing the bear. As well as getting local businesses and individuals to donate bears to schools, Mr Dick hopes all RSL sub branches will support this initiative in their local communities by purchasing a bear for a school in their area.
“The program reaffirms our role in preserving and sharing our military history; by connecting children and young people to the stories of our yesteryear so we continue to remember all those who serve,” he said.
“Leading up to one of the most historical commemorations of our generation on 11 November, the RSL would like to see an ANZAC bear donated to each school across Australia. Our members are all well connected and respected in their communities, so I do not think they will have any problems encouraging individuals, businesses and organisations to go online and sponsor a bear for a local school.”
The collection of 10 Australia in the Great War uniformed bears for donation to schools are a wonderful teaching aid for educators at all levels to help children engage in the stories and events linked to the Centenary of ANZAC.
As part of the Bears to School initiative every bear is supported by additional teaching aids for educators to use in the classroom and for families to use at home. All resources are available for free at www.AnzacBears.com.au.
Mr Dick says the bears already donated through the efforts of a number of RSL sub branches in the first weeks of the program show that the initiative is well supported. He encourages RSLs across the nation to register with Bears to School so they too can get the benefits of this wonderful opportunity.
Charities wanting more information, or to register with Bears to School, should visit https://anzacbears.com.au/b2s/ .