Alisha set to fol­low in Anzac foot­steps

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Education - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Alisha Desh­mukh, 15, will fly to Malaysia this week­end for the Premier's Anzac Stu­dent Tour.

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