2017
Apr
27

AITC delegates pay their respects on ANZAC day

2017
Apr
27

AITC delegates pay their respects on ANZAC day

AITC recently sent a delegation to commemorate ANZAC Day in Albany, Western Australia. Albany, the departure place of 30,000 service men and women on 38 ships in November 1914, was the last place in Australia seen by many of those who gave their lives for this country. Last week’s visit included two AITC staff members, Andrew Pevats and Brad Pinch and three Young People, Cameron Randall, Thomas Chard and Jackson Hodson.

One of the commemorative activities devised by a volunteer group of mostly senior citizens in 2014 was to ask community groups including schools, sports clubs, and even prisoners to help make 30,000 red poppies representing each serviceman that left Australia in that first convoy. This was a huge effort considering the population of Albany is only 35,000! At the centenary celebrations in 2014, the poppies were “planted” in the sand on Middleton Beach, then again in 2015 when they were planted to form a picture of Australia and New Zealand. This year the poppies formed a picture of a wreath.

It was a privilege for the AITC team to be involved in “planting” over two days and also spending several hours volunteering to hand out poppies to visitors. The organiser of the project commented that our young men were a credit to us and were obviously reflecting the ethos of the College. Although only a small College team were represented in Albany, there were¬†many in our College community involved in this service project.