Every year on 25 April we embrace the spirit of mateship. This year, during coronavirus lockdown and no physical Dawn Service, people across Australia are finding different to ways light up the dawn and remember our service women and men.
The Chorus community is staying connected and keeping the Anzac spirit alive. Some of us will be lighting a candle in our driveways at dawn and tuning into a radio stations – ABC radio, 6PR, 96FMand 61X who will play the Ode, The Last Post (recorded here by 91-year-old customer Ray) and then a minute’s silence. We have been creating lanterns for the driveway service – Tina from our Customer Contact team has recycled empty plastic milk bottles into beautiful lanterns.
For something a bit different, one of our Support Workers Lisa has been supporting customers to cut pictures out of newspapers and stick them on their front windows. Elli from our Ability Arts team has also been also creating something special for windows.
Our Ability Arts team has pulled together a simple way to make a poppy wreath: You’ll need five muffin cases, a glue stick, scissors, black and green card, a paper plate, string and tape. Click here for the instruction video.
If you’re staying indoors, here’s some reading about Anzac Day as recommended by Shirley from our Chorus Group Support team.
Customer Billie was the first female paratrooper and has always marched in the Mandurah Service with her assistance dogs. This year like many people she will be in her driveway at dawn on 25 April. Find out more about Billie’s inspiring story here.
Our Street Teams have developed printable resources for people to invite their neighbours to join them in a driveway dawn service, or long weekend driveway drinks to pay their respects. Click here for resources and information on how to tune into the broadcast.
Lest we forget.
- Saturday 25th April 2020