Team effort to honour Anzacs at Dubbo

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Some of the people involved in the sleepout from back to front, right to left: Linda Pobje, Lucy Pobje, Pam Sharken, Lance Murphy, Esther Parker, Tom Gray, Shaun Graham, Jason Yelverton, Sergeant Scott Habgood, Private Jack Whetton, Private Peter Evans, Private Kurt Davenport, Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Weller, Abbey Linnane, Sharika-Marie Howard, Maree Pobje, Charity Mendoza, Austin Heller, Daniel Caton, Mitch Harland, Alisha Parker, Jordan Smith, Rosa Williams-Karam, Mustafa Al-Badre, Tyler Rankmore and Drew Badlock. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEAs the Centenary of Anzac Regional Sleep-out draws closer, the community groups involved are busy working on the final touches.

Organising the even has been a team effort with people from Dubbo City Council to individual volunteers signing on to help out.

Dubbo Youth Council deputy chair Mitch Harland said the youth council had been involved in a range of behind the scenes activities such as folding wristbands and promoting the sleepout.

Publicity officer and treasurer Alisha Parker said youth council volunteers would also be assisting during the event.

“We’re going to be helping out all through the night, even at three or four am.”

Dubbo College Delroy Campus school captain Sharika-Marie Howard said representatives from the school were contributing.

“We volunteered to help during the night. We’re going to have activities they can do. We researched what games they played during the war,” she said.

Advice for the event has been sought from army officers from the 1/19th Battalion Royal NSW Regiment.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Weller said the regiment had supplied equipment, would be helping with the sleepout set up and would be standing guard at the Anzac Day services.

He said Anzac Day was a major event for the defence force.

“For me personally, as a soldier it’s a way to pay respect. They put their life on the line to serve our country,” Warrant Officer Weller said.

“In the seven yers I’ve been in operation overseas I’ve never even seen anything like what they faced when they landed at Gallipoli.”

Mr Harland said the sleep-out was a great way for youth to learn about the Anzacs.

“It’s the Centenary of Anzac and it’s all about engaging the younger generations who don’t really know what Anzac is about.”

The 2015 Centenary of Anzac Regional Sleep-Out will be held at Victoria Park No. 1 Oval in Dubbo from 4pm, Friday 24 April culminating in the Anzac Day Dawn Service at 5.45am on Saturday, April 25.

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