ANZAC packages for our troops

Thursday March 31: Show your support for our Diggers overseas by sending them a care package this ANZAC Day.

That’s the message from local Federal MP, John Murphy, who is encouraging the local community to support Australian troops serving overseas by sending them care packages this ANZAC Day.

“ANZAC Day is a day to remember the sacrifices our troops have made for our nation. It is also a day for us to show support to our troops currently serving overseas,” John Murphy said.

Image: ANZAC Day in Burwood 2010. Photo: Christine Parfait.

“We are all proud of the work the men and women of the Australian Defence Force do in places like East Timor, Solomon Islands and the Middle East. A  great way to show your support is by sending our troops a message or a care package this ANZAC Day," Mr Murphy said.

Messages to the troops can be sent to: messagestothetroops@defence.gov.au

Members of the public are able to send care packages through Australia Post. Items weighing up to 2kg and posted in a ‘BM’ size Australia Post carton can be posted without cost to the sender. Parcels exceeding this limit will incur full postal charges which must be paid by the sender.

“I recommend sending items that will remind our troops of home. Things like magazines, books and DVDs,” Mr Murphy said.

The Australian Defence Force has set up special postal addresses for the care packages. They are active from now until 15 April 2011. For postal security reasons, parcels must be posted in person with presentation of photograph identification and can be lodged at any Australia Post outlet, using the following addresses:

Middle East:

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman

Anzac Day Mail

Middle EastOperations

AFPO 60

Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

East Timor

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman

Anzac Day Mail

East TimorOperations

AFPO 61

Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Solomon Islands

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman

Anzac Day Mail

Solomon Islands Operations

AFPO 62 

Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Another way of showing our troops support this ANZAC Day is to donate to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF). Twice a year the AFOF provides packages to Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police and AusAID personnel serving overseas.

See http://www.rsl.org.au/ for further information.
 

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