Newman honours Anzacs

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
Newman RSL secretary Selena Casey with raffle winner Conrad Brits.
Camera IconNewman RSL secretary Selena Casey with raffle winner Conrad Brits. Credit: Newman RSL.

Newman’s Returned and Services League has officially started its fundraising activities in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

Newman RSL secretary Selena Casey said Anzac Day and Remembrance Day were the two most significant events in Newman, and commended the community for its continual efforts to support the events.

“Anzac Day is always a big event and the whole community gets behind the commemorations,” she said. The RSL conducted a fundraising ra-ffle last weekend which was won by former Australian Army Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps member Conrad Brits.

Pilbara Regiment Officer in Charge of A Troop, Bruce Morris, and his wife Katrina were also present on the day.

This year, the Newman RSL club is expecting around 400 guests at the Gunfire Breakfast, which will include free entertainment, and door prizes.

Ms Casey said buses had been known in recent years to come in from outlying mine sites to attend the event.

After the breakfast, the Pilbara Regiment,will open up its barracks for the traditional two-up game and servicemen and women and and those who attend are encouraged to reflect upon military memories.

The Newman Scouts Group, which recently opened its Venturers unit, will also be be contributing many hours to the Anzac Day comemmorations.

The group will be conducting a night vigil the evening before Anzac Day, when they will stand guard for 12 hours.

Newman Scout Group leader Suzy Fletcher Oldham said she was amazed by the outstanding effort made by young members at last year’s commemorations.

“We were so blown away last year that our 6-year-olds could stand still for 12 hours and not move,” she said.

“They are so committed.”

“Every section gets involved”

The Newman Scout Group and the Newman RSL said they were always encouraging new members to get involved in Anzac Day.

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