Lest we forget...

We took the time this week to commemorate ANZAC Day - that special time of year when Australians and New Zealanders remember all those who served and died in military operations.

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(Photo: Leilani Hatch / Fairfax NZ)

ANZAC Day is, of course, especially poignant for members of the Returned Services Association (RSA) and this year saw the launch of their new brand and revamped website. The RSA aims to extend their appeal to families and the community, and to champion the ANZAC spirit across all generations.

This special day often prompts families to look for the last resting place of family members lost at war. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established to ensure the 1.7 million people who gave their lives in the two world wars will never be forgotten. They have gathered a comprehensive database of cemetery and grave sites and provide an online search service to help people locate family members. 

A sad note for the week was the death of All Black legend Sir Fred Allen, also a respected returned serviceman and stalwart of the RSA. Fearless in battle as a soldier, a player and subsequently our most successful All Black coach he really was a true leader we can all be proud of.

ANZAC day crowdfunding also kicked into overdrive with petrol company, Z Energy, raising a massive $50,000 through donations and the gifting of virtual poppies.  

And, at a time when we’re thinking about and recognising famous New Zealanders, it seems ironic that Helen Clark (former NZ Prime Minister) was named top of the list of “the most powerful women you’ve NEVER heard of”! Regardless of political preferences, it is awesome that a New Zealand woman CAN be a global leader in the battle against world hunger and poverty... without egotistical advertising or PR. Check out Helen Clark’s Twitter profile (@helenclarkUNDP) for her personal mission.

 

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