ANZAC PROGRAM SEEKING STUDENTS TO TOUR EUROPEAN BATTLEFIELDS

Thursday, 28 June 2018

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is calling on local high school students to apply to tour the battle fields of Greece, Belgium and France as part of the 2018 ClubsNSW ANZAC Ambassadors Program.

Six young people from across NSW will take the trip of a lifetime to historic battlefields to key World War One sites.

“I encourage all local high school students to apply for this unique Program, which will see six students from across NSW be selected to tour the battlefields significant to the Australian World War One efforts,” Mr Marshall said.

“World War One is considered Australia’s ‘baptism of fire’ with our country only newly minted 14 years previously.

“It was the first time Australian soldiers had been deployed en masse to war and this tour will highlight the immense sacrifice that these men and women made.

“The tour will visit Athens and Lemnos in Greece, Villes-Brettonneux in France, Passchendale in Belgium and London as part of the program.

“The First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties for Australia.

From a population of fewer than five million at the time, 416,809 men enlisted, and more than 60,000 were killed – 40,000 of these casualties were on the Western Front.

“This program 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.”

Students are invited to submit a 1,000 word essay on the topic ‘Why is the Centenary of ANZAC important for modern Australia?’

The tour will leave Sydney on 28 October and return home 7 November. Applications are now open and close on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

For more information about how to enter please visit www.clubsnsw.com.au/anzacambassadors

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