Council waives fees for headstone plan
HONOURING local men who fought in World War I, the Derwent Valley Council has waived fees for the Tasmanian Headstone Project.
The volunteer initiative plans to install at least 12 headstones to mark the graves of soldiers either from the Derwent Valley or who died in the area.
Project chairwoman An- drea Gerrard said the project — which relies on public donations — is an extremely important measure to recognise the sacrifice of those who enlisted in World War I.
“It’s their resting place, they’re going to be there forever — otherwise it’s a piece of dirt and no one knows,” she said.
“Part of the reason I do it is because I’m the granddaughter of two veterans and the great niece of two others who didn’t come home.”
Ms Gerrard said installing the headstones was a small thing the community can do to say thank you to the men and honour them.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said it was a great initiative by the group to respect and recognise those who served our country.
“It’s about the service they gave to the country and wheth- er they could afford to have the headstone at the time,” he said.
“They served our country and put their lives on the line for us so we think it’s only fitting for the people in our valley, who [Tasmanian Headstone Project] have recognised, that we do this project.”
Ms Gerrard said the council decision to waive the fees and was greatly appreciated and would have been appreciated by the men and their families. I AM writing to thank the Gazette and the Derwent Valley community for their support of McHappy Day in 2017 — the largest annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Derwent Valley community helped us celebrate 26 years of McHappy Day and raise a record-breaking $4 million for RMHC.
These donations equate to more than 30,000 nights of accommodation at a Ronald McDonald House, ensuring Aussie families get to stay together while their sick or injured child undergoes treatment.
Throughout the country we saw communities such as Derwent Valley residents help to raise vital funds for RMHC. We saw local bucket brigades, Scout groups, emergency services as well as sporting and TV personalities visiting McDonald’s restaurants to help make a difference.
I want to personally say a big thank you to everyone in the Derwent Valley community, who got involved, making generous donations that helped McHappy Day raise more money than ever before.
Fundraising efforts like this are crucial to helping RMHC continue to expand programs and services to families who need them, as many of the Ronald McDonald Houses across the country have waiting lists and are unable to accommodate everyone who needs help.
With so many Aussie kids requiring treatment, every donation goes a long way to keep families close together in their toughest times. You can continue to support families in need by donating to rmhc.org.au all year round.
Thank you again to for all your help on McHappy Day.