Legacy Hervey Bay representatives Bob Bleakley and Roger Honeyman are thrilled with the gift being offered by Con Souvlis.
Legacy Hervey Bay representatives Bob Bleakley and Roger Honeyman are thrilled with the gift being offered by Con Souvlis. Toni McRae

War veteran funds Gallipoli trip

A TALENTED Hervey Bay secondary school student will fly to Turkey and tour Gallipoli for free.

“This is going to happen thanks to the generosity of World War II returned soldier Con Souvlis,” Legacy Hervey Bay Group chairman Bob Bleakley said yesterday.

“We are very excited and obviously grateful for Con’s gift that will allow a child from Hervey Bay to visit Australia’s most hallowed battlefield.

“This trip will not be to glorify war but for that student to obtain a real understanding of what Gallipoli meant and still means.”

Con decided to give the money to fund the student’s trip because of his own experience in World War II when he survived a horrific multiple drowning accident, watching his mates go under water in a New Guinea river because they were loaded with heavy equipment.

“But having visited Gallipoli, I wanted a young person here to experience the extraordinarily moving moments that happened to me there.

“Gallipoli is very special. Gallipoli represents the Anzac spirit. Our young people need to be aware of what sacrifices people make in war to keep Australia free.”

Mr Bleakley said Legacy was preparing guidelines to launch an essay contest to take place from October this year to January 2011.

“We will probably ask entrants to write between 800 to 1000 words on The Australian Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.

“We will announce more details in a few weeks’ time.”



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