Alisha set to follow in Anzac footsteps
Karratha Senior High School student Alisha Deshmukh, 15, will literally follow in the footsteps of Australian World War II soldiers when she visits Malaysia for the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour next week, from April 17 to 27.
Alisha is one of 10, out of about 1000 students who applied, selected for the prestigious tour, which is based in Borneo this year and will involve walking part of the Sandakan trail where thousands of Allied prisoners of war died on death marches in World War II.
She will also attend an Anzac Day dawn service at the Sandakan memorial.
Alisha said she had always been a strong supporter of Anzac Day and was looking forward to learning about the lesser-known wartime experience in Malaysia.
“You don’t really hear about the Sandakan death marches as much as you hear about Gallipoli or France,” she said.
“I feel like Gallipoli would be amazing as well, but even this, because there were so many lost lives, Australian lives especially, still we get to honour these people and that’s what counts.”
Karratha Senior High School acting principal Jennifer McMahon said they were “immensely” proud to have had four students selected for the tour in eight years.
Former Karratha Senior High School student Karishma Byles was also accepted and will be attending from her new school in Perth.
Alisha Deshmukh, 15, will fly to Malaysia this weekend for the Premier's Anzac Student Tour.