Anzac trip gets cash boost
The Geraldton City RSL subbranch has raised more than $3600 towards a student trip to the Hellfire Pass War Memorial in Thailand next year.
The annual trip, funded by the sub branch and the Rotary Club of Geraldton, sees local students tour the notorious Thai-Burma Railway, culminating in an Anzac Day dawn service at Hellfire Pass.
The money was raised this month when the sub branch raffled a $1300 diamond, gold and amethyst pendant made by Leon Baker Jewellers, which supplied the diamond and mounting.
The amethyst was donated by Geraldton City RSL committee member Alan Eggleston.
Geraldton City RSL vice-president Ken Morris said it was likely two students would be selected for next year’s trip.
Profits from a Melbourne Cup lunch held at Birdwood House will also go towards the trip.
“Our thanks to Alan Eggleston, Leon Baker Jewellers and the many members who gave up their time to sell tickets, and especially the hundreds of people who bought tickets to support this worthy cause,” Mr Morris said.
The 415km Thai-Burma Railway was built by Japan during World War II, to support its forces in Burma.
During its construction, more than 60,000 allied prisoners of war, including about 13,000 Australians,
and 200,000 or more SouthEast Asian civilian labourers, were forced to work in atrocious conditions, resulting in the deaths of
more than 100,000 people.
Among about 12,000 prisoners of war who died, more than 2700 were Australian.
Hellfire Pass was the deepest rock cutting on the railway and one of the most difficult sections to construct.
Geraldton City RSL president Steve Butler presents a pendant to Christine Southcott.