Who’s Proud to Support?
What does an 84 year old Victoria Cross recipient have in common with one of Australia’s biggest media personalities, or one of Australia’s most successful businessmen? The answer is simply a great belief in and respect for all who serve this great country.
Bears to School is proud to have the support of ordinary people across communities in city and bush, but it also needs the public support of noted Australians the likes of Keith Payne VC, Alan Jones AO and Kerry Stokes AC. As ambassadors and supporters these men, and our other Ambassadors, are helping the program reach out into every community so that young Australians can connect to history in a new and engaging way.
Mr Payne, who turns 85 this year, is the National Ambassador for Bears to School. Despite a hectic schedule of commitments and his tireless advocacy for veterans, he believes it is critical to pass on history in a way that engages kids, particularly in a time when many are so easily distracted by electronic pastimes. Mr Payne stepped into the role of National Ambassador with enthusiasm and energy and has since led the charge in promoting Bears to School.
When My Payne approached Alan Jones and Kerry Stokes to join him in supporting Bears to School he was struck by their eagerness. Mr Jones is regarded as Australia’s most well-loved radio talkback host and a fiercely proud no-nonsense Australian. Kerry Stokes, the Chairman of the Seven Group, is well known to many as a great supporter of Australian cultural institutions, particularly the Australian War Memorial. He has invested millions of dollars in securing Victoria Cross medals to ensure their place in the AWM for future generations.
Mr Payne said both Mr Jones and Mr Stokes were quick to see Bears to School as an idea that will make a difference to our kids’ understanding of our military past and of the men and women who serve. He recalls Mr Jones’ response with a wide smile, it simply read; “Thank you for your note re Bears to School. This is a great idea. Count me in.”
Meet the Bears to School Ambassadors and Supporters and read their messages of support.