An­zac trip gets cash boost

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

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.

Pic­ture: Ger­ald­ton City RSL

Ger­ald­ton City RSL pres­i­dent Steve But­ler presents a pen­dant to Chris­tine South­cott.

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