Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS @SCHOOL -

The en­dur­ing AN­ZAC le­gacy and the ideal of mateship are more im­por­tant than ever be­fore.

Mateship is an in­te­gral part of the Aus­tralian iden­tity.

It’s an ideal that de­fines our na­tion’s char­ac­ter – this idea of look­ing out for each other, through the good times and the bad.

The Salvos have served along­side Aus­tralian troops in both World Wars and has sup­ported them on de­ploy­ments in Korea and Vietnam. To­day, we are present in mil­i­tary bases across the coun­try.

We’ve been there pro­vid­ing sup­port to our troops in their times of need – giv­ing them a hand up and a lis­ten­ing ear in their dark­est times. We recog­nise the power of mateship and why it’s a vi­tal part of the Aus­tralian spirit.

Whether a sim­ple act of kind­ness or help­ing some­one re­build af­ter tragedy – mateship is the com­mon thread that unites us and some­thing that will al­ways en­dure.

As we en­ter these un­cer­tain times, I en­cour­age all Aus­tralians to re­flect on the AN­ZAC spirit and the strength and hope it brings, and re­mem­ber why mateship is an ideal still worth fight­ing for.

Lt Colonel Kelvin Pethy­bridge, Chief Sec­re­tary in Charge, The Sal­va­tion Army

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