Camp Gallipoli is set to bring thousands of Brisbane residents together for one night, to commemorative the Anzac spirit.
Held on Sunday 24 April at the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane Camp Gallipoli will see attendees sleep under the stars, before walking for the Dawn Service on Anzac Day heralded by a bugler.
Put together by Chris Fox, the event will be held simultaneously across the country to commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to other WW1 battles significant to Australia’s and New Zealand’s history.
“The Camp Gallipoli commemorative events aspire to instill the Anzac ideals of mateship, courage, inclusiveness and self-sacrifice into the youth of Australia and New Zealand to ensure the unique Anzac Spirit is kept alive for future generations,” Chris says.
“There will be a number of Camp Gallipoli events this year and during the WW1 centenary period, marked until 2018 to commemorate the lives lost in regions including Gallipoli, Villers-Bretonneux, while this year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Pozieres.”
Chris says the event has become a significant part of the Anzac Day commemorations and is all about making the day accessible to Australians, no matter where they are from.
“The interest Camp Gallipoli draws from so many schools, families and work places is truly humbling, and it shows people are continually interested in paying their respects to those who fought and the many who lost their lives in WW1,” he says.
“With more than 30,000 students from over 200 schools attending from around the country last year, we are excited to see this event grow as it continues to preserve and foster the Anzac legacy.”
This year, the line-up of entertainment will include Australian singers Dami Im and Ben Nelson.
The Queensland Festival Chorus (provided by the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy part of The Manoeuvres Group) will also be performing, including songs I am Australia, Waltzing Matilda and the
Australian and New Zealand National Anthems. The group will also perform as part of the dawn service on Monday 25 April.
Cam Gallipoli Queensland Chairman, Michael Johnson encourages Brissie residents interested in attending the event, to sign up immediately.
“It’s a particularly great opportunity for schools to get involved and include the experience in their WW1 studies, while providing an opportunity to come together and share stories,” he says.
“So many of us have ancestors who made the sacrifice of fighting in WW1, with many not coming home. It is so important that we continue to remember these efforts which have contributed so much to the strength of our country today.”
This year, for every school student who attends a Gallipoli Club event, a gold coin will be donated towards building a Franco-Australian Pozieres School to recognise Australia’s allegiance with France in WW1.
Camp Gallipoli will be held on Sunday 24 April at the RNA Showgrounds. For more information visit www.campgallipoli.com.au