Con Souvlis, laying a wreath at Freedom Park.
Con Souvlis, laying a wreath at Freedom Park. Alistair Brightman

Digger’s donation moves

WORLD War 2 digger Con Souvlis will hand over $25,000 tomorrow to commemorate his fallen and serving comrades from two world wars.

The money, described by Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey as "a massive boost to our Freedom Park revamp Gallipoli centenary campaign", will ensure the three-metre tall bronze-cast statue of a mounted Light Horse soldier crowns the existing cenotaph off Main St.

"Our sub-branch is honoured by Con's donation," Mr Kelsey said.

"We're still looking for around $150,000 to complete the revamp of Freedom Park and now hoping Hervey Bay business folk will join the band wagon," he said.

Freedom Park campaign committee member Mick Kruger said federal and state grants had helped the $400,000 project.

"To get Con Souvlis's significant $25,000 donation will help us enormously towards completing the job," Mr Kruger said.

"Every ANZAC Day where so many people have to stand out on Main Street for the service, they will soon be able to be closer to the commemoration by attending in Freedom Park itself," he said.

Mr Souvlis said his donation meant a great deal to him.

"I served in World War 2 as a very young Aussie and am very lucky to have survived that war experience," he said.

"Many of my mates did not. Freedom Park remembers them and so many who gave their lives and service in both world wars."

The campaign was being driven by a committee including Vietnam War veteran Harry Smith.



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