Monday, 23 April 2012

ANZAC DAY? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Tomorrow we all have the day off thanks to ANZAC day but why? What is so special and significant about this day that stops Australia til lunchtime.(I believe it should be all day)ANZAC day is a day to reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives to allow us the freedom and what has made Australia the beautiful country it is today.It is also marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first world war.
ANZAC stands for Australia And New Zealand Army Corps.In 1915 the Australian and New Zealand forces formed an allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli penisula in order to assist the allied navies.The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (Instanbul in Turkey), an ally to Germany.
The ANZACs landed on Gallipoli on April 25th 1915, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders
The campaign dragged on for over 8 years and although we didnt achieve the military objective, Australian and New Zealand forces actions were recognised as a powerful legacy.We lost 8000 soldiers in Gallipoli, and over 60,000 soldiers during the first world war.
25th April was officially recognised as ANZAC DAY in 1916.During the 1920's ANZAC Day became known as the national day of commemoration, the day we remembered all of our soldiers that had died during this war.
In 1927 ANZAC day was recognised as a public holiday is all states of Australia and by the mid 1930's the various rituals we associate with ANZAC day were established ie dawn services,two-up games,marches etc.
With the coming of the second world war, ANZAC day expanded to included those soldiers who fought and died for our country and subsequently to include those who have fought and died in all military operations involving Australian soldiers.
So tomorrow, when you maybe enjoying a sleep in or a late breakfast please remember why this day is so important.You would not be enjoying the freedoms of this wonderful country if it wasnt for those who have and continue to risk their lives for our freedom.Spare a thought for those who have loved ones representing our country overseas in war regions and those widows of fallen soldiers who are left to raise their children on their own.It doesnt matter what race,religion or creed you are, these soldiers past and present have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live and enjoy what this beautiful country has to offer.

Resources : http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp

DAWN SERVICES CLICK HERE

Friday, 13 April 2012

Isnt the year flying past? Easter has come and gone and now Mother's Day is fast approaching.I hope you all had a great Easter break and were able to spend some quality time with family and friends.I think this is very important as we rush here and there and often forget to actually spend time with those we cherish.Time is a highly priced commodity and I think we all agree it's something we wish we could buy more of.
Speaking of loved ones, this time of year is a particularly important one for the Sportsmagic team.The weekend prior to Mother's day each year Sportsmagic and its staff participates in the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life.This is an overnight community fundraising event in a relay style walk/run to raise funds for the cancer council.The event brings people in the community together for a day and night of fun,entertainment,celebration and of course remembrance.Our team member, Leonie Pegram, organises and captains her team Annettes Angels each year of which Sportsmagic is proud to be a part of.We relay in honour of Annette Pegram, a truely wonderful and inspiring women, who lost her fight in 2007. With Leonie's dedication to fundraising we hope to raise more money this year.Our goal $1500.00.If you are free on the 5th May 2012 come down and join us for a worthwhile cause.We would love to see you there, even if its only for a few laps.Alternatively if you would like to donate to Annette's Angels you can do so through link below.Every dollar counts.Help us reach our goal!
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