THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
THE HON PAUL HENDERSON MLA
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
18 March 2011
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Paul Henderson, today joined students from Larrakeyah Primary school to pack care packages to send to deployed troops for Anzac day.
Mr Snowdon said Defence has establishment a dedicated postal address to enable Australians to send Anzac Day care packages to our personnel serving on overseas operations.
“Care packages can now be sent through Australia Post at no cost, as long as the parcels don’t exceed two kilograms. I’m encouraging Territorians to show their support for Defence personnel who have been deployed on overseas operations in the lead up to Anzac Day.
“I’m sure that our soldiers, sailors and airmen will be heartened to receive a small package and know that that complete strangers, as well as family and friends, back home are thinking of them on this significant day.
Mr Henderson said Anzac Day, on the 25th of April, is an important date for all Australians.
“It’s important to remember those currently serving overseas on the day the nation honours all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in present and past conflicts.
“Putting an Anzac car package with items such as Anzac biscuits, dried fruit, muesli cards, lollies, books, magazines and DVDs, is a simple and supportive way to acknowledge the work that’s being done by our troops.”
The postal addresses are active from 14 March until 15 April 2011, and packages will be distributed throughout the appropriate operational areas.
Information about the Anzac Day care packages can be found on the Defence website, http://www.defence.gov.au/anzacday/mail/service.htm
Alternatively, donations can be made to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF), which provides packages to Australian Defence Force Australian Federal Police and AusAID personnel serving overseas twice a year.
Alice Plate (Snowdon) 0400 045 999
Lidija Ivanovski (Henderson) 0457 933 856