Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

WHEN 10-year-old Tay­lor Racey an­swered the ques­tion of what the An­zac spirit meant to her, lit­tle did she know she would be spend­ing a night un­der the stars in her swag to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the land­ings at Gal­lipoli.

She has been se­lected as the stu­dent am­bas­sador of WA for Camp Gal­lipoli – a sleep out hap­pen­ing at As­cot Race­course.

The race­course will trans­form into a camp­site as peo­ple from across Perth come to­gether to pay trib­ute to the cen­te­nary.

The camp will have space set aside for camp­ing us­ing swags and there will be en­ter­tain­ment, movies, doc­u­men­taries and a Dawn Ser­vice on An­zac Day.

Tay­lor said she was hon­oured to be cho­sen as the stu­dent am­bas­sador.

“I think be­ing the am­bas­sador gives me the chance to re­mind peo­ple of the sac­ri­fice of all the poor, in­no­cent men. I will re­mem-

Pic­ture: David Baylis ber this cen­te­nary for the rest of my life,” she said.

She said the 100th an­niver­sary of the Gal­lipoli land­ings was im­por­tant be­cause it al­lowed Aus­tralians to re­flect on the on­go­ing Aus­tralian troop in­volve­ment in cam­paigns around the world.

“The story of the An­zacs is that of in­spi­ra­tion and we need to fol­low along in their foot­steps, al­ways be­ing loyal and com­mit- ted to ev­ery­thing we do,” she said.

“The An­zacs sac­ri­ficed them­selves for the sake of the coun­try and put our needs in front of their own. We now need to re­pay them by re­mem­ber­ing them.”­mu­ni­ d436387

Tay­lor Racey (10) of Swan Val­ley, with her Camp Gal­lipoli swag at the gates to As­cot Race­course.

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