ANZAC Day dawn service at Currumbin is world-class
THE ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Currumbin's Elephant Rock - telecast around the world - is a spectacularly moving tribute to Australia's fallen soldiers.
In 2015, Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Sub Branch contributed more than $240,000 to the operational costs of the service which 35,000 people attended.
While wanting to continue to share this special event with everyone, the sub-branch admits that ongoing costs are simply not sustainable.
The RSL is appealing for donations so that funds can be redirected from the ANZAC Day service to help servicemen and women returning from conflict zones.
"Large numbers are returning with psychological or physical wounds and the number of contemporary veteran suicides is at an all-time high," says an RSL spokesperson.
"Our core objective at Currumbin RSL is to serve the interests of its members, veterans, the ex-service community and members of the Australian Defence Force.
"With the significant impact war is having on our current-day living and as the attendance numbers rise, so too do the costs associated with putting on a world-class event that honours the memory of the ANZACS.
"We are seeing firsthand that there is an increased need for support for our younger Defence Force service personnel who have seen active service.
"Our returned service personnel and their families need help after they have freely given of themselves to fight against terrorism and for the rights for all Australians and the free world to live in peace."To support these veterans and their families, the Currumbin RSL group would like to provide direct assistance financially via support services such as Soldier On and Cam's Cause.
On ANZAC Day, the parade will assemble at Murraba St, Currumbin Beach, at 4.20am.
The Dawn Service starts at 5am at Elephant Rock.
Lorraine Hider, on Facebook, says no Anzac Day service in the world can match the Currumbin Dawn Service.
"The venue, Currumbin Beach in Queensland with Elephant Rock as its backdrop, is something to behold as the sun rises, the piper plays and many vets have chosen to have their ashes scattered at sea," she said.
"It is a very emotional ceremony. The weather is usually superb at this time of year."
THE night before the Currumbin ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hosts the Symbolic Sleep Out event.
Last year, this event was a sell-out, and 100% of profits from ticket sales went to veterans' welfare.
The Gold Coast sanctuary, a major tourist attraction, is run by the National Trust.
Visit http://australiaremembers.com.au/events-exhibitions/symbolic-sleep-out/ for more information on this event and to book.