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.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP welcomed the launch of the program today, encouraging local high school students to take part in the essay competition.
“I encourage students from across the Central Coast to apply for the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program for the chance of a lifetime to retrace the steps of our Anzacs who gave so much for our country,” Mr MacDonald said.
Mr Crouch 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.
ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said “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.”
Interested students have been asked to submit a 1000-word essay on “Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?”
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.
For Mr MacDonald: Scot MacDonald | 02 9230 2393
For Mr Crouch: Kerryanne Delaney | 0410 491 956