As Anzac Day approaches, we stand together and remember all those Australians who fought and gave their lives on behalf of an eternally grateful nation. As we remember those of wars past, we should also take a moment to spare a thought for those Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen who are currently serving abroad.
This Anzac Day, there will be more than 3,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel serving overseas in locations such as Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
To show your support for the troops this Anzac Day you can send them a care package, free of charge, through Australia Post. Australia Post is providing a free delivery service, for packages under 2kg, to our soldiers serving in the Middle East, including Afghanistan, as well as East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
When sending your parcel don’t forget to include a letter of support to the troops and include a stamped self addressed envelope so they can send a letter back to you. Parcels can be sent to “An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman” or “An Australian Soldier – Female.”
Suggested items you might like to send include toiletries, magazines, books, non-perishable food and even a pair of socks! Additional details regarding what can and cannot be sent as well as additional information about postage requirements can be found in detail below.
The aim of Anzac Day Care Packages for the Troops is to remind our deployed forces that our thoughts are with them on a day when all Australians remember those who went before them and made the ultimate sacrifice.
Last Christmas approximately 10 tonnes worth of care packages were distributed to personnel deployed overseas and I urge all Australians to again dig deep and support our serving men and women.
This service is highly valued by Australia’s troops and helps to boost morale and remind our ADF personnel of the enduring support they have back home.
The Office of Ross Vasta will act as a conduit where people can drop donated items which will then be packaged and taken to Australia Post on their behalf. To ensure that the care packages are received by our troops before Anzac Day, packages must be received before the 14th of March.