Local students encouraged to apply for once-in-a-lifetime Anzac program

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Local students encouraged to apply for once-in-a-lifetime Anzac program

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Six young people from across NSW will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro reminds students that the closing date for applications is fast approaching and encourages all local high school students interested in this opportunity to submit their essays and applications by Monday 31 July 2017.

“I encourage students from across Monaro to apply for the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program for the chance of a lifetime. Students will be able to retrace the steps of our Anzacs who gave so much for our country,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it is important for young people and students to understand and commemorate the great sacrifices the Anzacs made over 100 years ago in foreign wars and on foreign battlefields.

“This journey to key First World War battlegrounds is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the events and contributions made by young men and women that shaped our nation a century ago.”

The six successful applicants will travel to Lemnos in Greece and to Israel for the centenary of the Charge of the Fourth Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba as part of a two-week tour that is sponsored by ClubsNSW.

Interested students have been asked to submit a 1000-word essay answering the question “Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball has welcomed the fourth annual Premier’s Anzac Ambassador’s Program and echoes the statements of Mr Barilaro and Mr Elliott by encouraging students to apply.

“ClubsNSW is proud to play a part in keeping the legacy and spirit of Anzac alive for the next generation,” Mr Ball said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to learn about the service and sacrifice made by Anzac soldiers and nurses, and to pass this knowledge onto their peers after they return home.

The tour will leave Sydney on 24 October and return home 5 November. Applications close Monday 31 July 2017. For more information about how to enter please visit www.clubsnsw.com.au/anzacambassadors