Add your own personal touch to Anzac Day services on Bay
THE RSL Women's Auxiliary Hervey Bay is offering residents the chance to add their own personal touch to Anzac Day services in Freedom Park this year.
The group has been working closely with the Hervey Bay Woodcraft Club for the past few months to make 500 white wooden commemorative crosses.
Attached to each cross, which will cost $2 to use for the day, will be a red poppy and message card for people to write the name of the veteran and a brief message.
The crosses will then be positioned in Freedom Park by auxiliary volunteers the night before and looked after by security services.
Auxiliary president Barbara Campbell is hoping Hervey Bay residents will take advantage of this unique way to offer up a message of hope and thanks to those who have served their country.
"There's all the general commemoration that's done of course, with the placing of wreaths, but these little crosses are a personal thing," Barbara said.
"If you have a family member or just someone you knew that were a veteran and you want to do a personal commemoration at the Anzac Day service, this is a great way to do that.
"Everyone we have mentioned it to has given us a great response so far, so hopefully it will catch on over the years."
Barbara said proceeds made from the inaugural project would also assist local community organisations.
Not-for-profit groups like the rural fire brigades, army, navy and air force cadet units, Riding for the Disabled and the Burrum Heads Girl Guides have been on the receiving end of generous donations from the auxiliary through the years.
"At our meeting each year, we decide what local organisations we will donate funds made during the year to," Barbara said.
"The more money we raise, the more money we can give away."
Anyone who would like to buy a cross for the day can head to the Hervey Bay RSL on April 21, 22 and 23, where the ladies will have a manned table set up in the reception area.
The auxiliary will collect the crosses after the services and store them away until Anzac Day next year.
- The RSL Women's Auxiliary has been running in Hervey Bay for 87 years.
- The group of about 20 volunteers assists the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch at Anzac Day services by handing out flags, poppies and programs, and helps sell memorabilia for Legacy Badge Week, Remembrance Day and Anzac Day.
- The auxiliary meets at the RSL on the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.
- There is also a great social aspect to the auxiliary, with regular bus trips and outings. New members are always welcome.
- Phone Barbara Campbell on 4128.9110 or secretary Joan Hawkes on 4125.4049.