Queensland’s annual ANZAC Day Appeal is off to a great start with a $15,000 State Government donation.
Minister Assisting the Premier on the Centenary of ANZAC Glen Elmes presented the cheque to the President of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee Arthur Burke OAM at a special First World War commemorative display in the Executive Building.
“This year marks the start of commemorations around the world to mark one hundred years since the start of the war that was meant to end all wars,” Mr Elmes said.
“ANZAC Day remains one of Australia’s most important national commemorations; an opportunity to pay respect to everyone who has served in military operations, and to acknowledge those who serve in the military today.
“The ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee plays an important role in our community, promoting the spirit of ANZAC and supporting defence force personnel, veterans and community war memorials and ceremonial activities.
“The Queensland Government is proud to support the fundraising efforts by launching the 2014 ANZAC Appeal and donating $15,000.
“I urge everyone to support this worthy cause by buying abadge, ribbon or token to help the Committee continue its valuable work.”
Mr Burke thanked the Queensland Government for its significant contribution which, he said, would greatly assist the Committee’s ANZAC Day Badge Appeal.
“A significant portion of the Committee’s operating funds is raised during the annual volunteer ANZAC “STORM” badge appeal on the 24 April in Brisbane’s CBD, Fortitude Valley, and South Brisbane,” Mr Burke said.
“Funds raised through the appeal support the Committee’s efforts in promoting the ‘Spirit of ANZAC’ through youth education, veteran welfare, war memorial construction and restoration and assisting with a range of commemorative services and projects.”