Published on March 30th, 2015 | by St Peter's College1
The “spirit of Anzac” : Camp Gallipoli
The “spirit of Anzac” is in the DNA of every Australian and New Zealander and is the one thing that unites us no matter what walk of life we come from. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, or young or old it is a part of us all.
Camp Gallipoli offers an opportunity for the nations of Australia and New Zealand to reflect on the many ways that war and conflict have shaped our society and way of life. Each Camp Gallipoli experience will be grounded in the mateship belief that people will connect with like-minded peers, and come to value the Anzac influence in their lives (see it as an opportunity for education and inspiration) in a unique overnight experience featuring the Anzac Flame Ceremony; camping out and exposed to the elements, immersing in Gallipoli 1915 through film displays, conversations, music and observing a very special dawn service.
Camp Gallipoli is about friends and family coming together on one special night to commemorate the deeds of those brave Anzac’s one hundred years ago, eating great tucker, watching historic footage, seeing iconic entertainers, camping in authentic swags and witnessing an RSL/RSA held Dawn Service honouring those who have fallen.
With so many people wanting to travel to Turkey for the centenary the board of the Camp Gallipoli Foundation felt it important to have a similar commemoration event accessible to every Australian and New Zealander on home soil so that not just those lucky enough to have been successful in the ballot could attend. Camp Gallipoli is also a unique opportunity for schools to expose their students to an overnight camp environment where they will learn the history of Anzac and also get to experience a moving Dawn Service held by the RSL.
The Camp Gallipoli experience will inspire a deeper, enduring empathy and respect for the ANZAC legacy: endorsed by the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board: Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Federal Minister Department of Veterans Affairs; Federal Education Minister Hon. Christopher Pyne: Veterans communities including RSL and Legacy, and by major corporations with national pride in the cultural significance of the Centenary.
Our focus, apart from working to create opportunities to distribute surplus funds to the RSL and Legacy, is to provide a campsite environment that allows people to take their own personal journey through the Commemoration whilst participating in a very special Gallipoli Centenary experience.
In presenting Camp Gallipoli the Foundation captures the spirit of ANZAC. The very essence of our national perspective; a fierce pride in mateship woven into our determination to build a free and thriving future for all; the concept of Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World Past, A World that Is. A World that will be.
The Camp Gallipoli Foundation, in proud association with the Returned and Services League (RSL), conducted a special and symbolic flame lighting ceremony at Albany, Western Australia in September (the location our soldiers departed a century ago), where the beginning of the Flame’s journey was tasked to three modern day heroes and Victoria Cross recipients, Daniel Keighran VC, Ben Roberts-Smith VC and Mark Donaldson VC. The Flame will visit as many towns as possible where a Returned Services League (RSL) is located and will be presented at every Camp Gallipoli site. On Tuesday 28th October, 2014 the RSL ANZAC Flame was presented at the Australian War Memorial, prior to its arrival in capital cities around Australia in the lead up to Camp Gallipoli.
For more information about Camp Gallipoli please visit www.campgallipoli.com.au or call 1300 951 951.
St Peter’s College partaking in Camp Gallipoli
The St Peter’s College motto ‘Pro Deo et Patria’ (For God and Country) resonates closely with what the Camp Gallipoli experience is about, and will provide our boys with a deeper understanding of what it means to serve one’s country whilst building a deep and lasting respect for all that our forefathers did to allow us to live in freedom and prosperity. Our own Memorial Hall is dedicated to and has listed on its walls, the former Saints boys who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
As a school, we have been able to secure 200 tickets at the special price of $110 (inc. GST per person and booking fee) for parents and their children to attend on 24/25 April, 2015 at Morphettville Racecourse. This means that all the Saints families who purchase one or more of these 200 tickets will camp together as a group. People will arrive for the Camp Gallipoli experience at about 4.00pm on Friday 24 April, with the event to conclude at 10.00am on Saturday 25 April. The camp will feature documentaries on large screen technology, a live broadcast from a specially chartered ship off ANZAC Cove, a concert featuring some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s most legendary performers, and a fully catered dinner and breakfast.
For ease of securing your tickets, we have setup a trybooking account which can be accessed at: Camp Gallipoli booking link. This link is a St Peter’s College account and allows you to purchase tickets from the 200 we have available. Respectfully, it will be a case of those who book first will secure tickets Saints has been allocated.
For further information, please contact the School.