Thursday, 11 December 2014

Anzac Beach Memorial 2015

Contact: Janice Russell, South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club
p: 0407 278 998 / 0432 849 944 e:

Date: 25 April 2015          RSVP: 1 March 2015
Location: Statewide and or Online

Intended Audience: Principals of all schools

On behalf of South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, I would like to invite all Australian schools to participate in the 100 Years 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial ceremony on Anzac Day in 2015. The invitation to participate in this community event will also be extended to schools in both Turkey and New Zealand, and has already been distributed to all public schools within NSW.

Registrations for involvement in this event are managed through our website. Registrations are progressing via this medium, however with a 100 boat / school limit on involvement in the presentation of wreaths on the day we would like to ensure that all schools have all the information pertaining to the event to allow them to decide if they wish to participate. Please note that there are arrangements in place for out of area accommodation, however these are limited and will be allocated on a needs basis (international, interstate and regional).

The Event

South Curl Curl SLSC is hosting a community event on Anzac Day 2015 to commemorate the passing of 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign. This event was launched in August 2014 by the NSW Premier, Mr Mike Baird and is supported by the NSW Government, Veteran Affairs.

100 Years 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial will take place at Collaroy Beach on 25th April 2015 and is timed to coincide with dawn at Anzac Cove, Turkey (12.15). Run in conjunction with Warringah Shire Council and the Collaroy RSL sub-branch - The Beach Club, this event aims to engage with our youth, asking them to do research projects and provide their own interpretation of what Anzac Day means to them, not only from an Australian perspective, but also from a Turkish and New Zealand perspective. Schools who wish to participate are asked to submit their three best works, with the one nominated as best by the school to be uploaded to the website for public viewing. The remaining works will be available for public viewing on the day. As a thank you to those schools participating in the presentation of wreaths during the ceremony, each school will be presented with a pine sapling directly descended from the Lone Pine tree of Gallipoli. These saplings have been received from the Australian War Memorial and are currently with a nursery for safekeeping until the event. School wishing to participate are asked to register their interest via Anzac Beach Memorial.

On the day, 100 surf boats will land on Collaroy beach, the first three with crews from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. A member of each crew will present their country's flag to be raised on the beach. The Australian Defence Force will provide a catafalque party as a mark of respect, along with other military presence.

Following the raising of flags, the remaining surf boats will come ashore, be presented with wreaths during the commemorative ceremony, and return to the ocean. In unison, these 100 surf boats will release their wreaths into the depths with raised oars as a mark of respect.

The intention is to telecast the Anzac Cove ceremony on big-screens to the Collaroy audience, with the 100 Years 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial ceremony being broadcast by Channel 9/7/10 (negotiations are currently underway) and recorded by a Turkish broadcaster for their local audience.

Partnering with Turkish appliance giant beko, this event has international participation, with surf boat crews registered from Australia, Turkey, New Zealand, Singapore and Germany. Round robin competition is currently underway in Turkey, with the winning crew to be flown to Australia by beko to participate in the 100 Years 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial commemorative ceremony.

Full details on the event are available through the Anzac Beach Memorial website with further details available via a link on the site for further information.

The connection with this event for South Curl Curl SLSC is simple: many within the ranks of Surf Life Saving enlisted. Our own club began in 1908 only to close between 1914-1918 as all it's active members had enlisted. To mark our fallen, South Curl Curl SLSC's IRB shed is a registered memorial, with our fallen listed on plaques on it's walls. Many surf lifesaving clubs within Australia have a similar connection.

I have attached two documents for your review and information: the first is an information and useful weblinks document for schools that we were hoping could go out via fax-stream or other method; and the second is the brochure currently being distributed within Surf Life Saving and the local community.

Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you require further information or you cannot open any of the attachments.


Janice Russell
0407 278 998