Seven Hills RSL Youth Club plan pre-Anzac march for youths

The sacrifices of the Anzac’s are not lost on a group of youths from the Seven Hills RSL Youth Club.

As part of their yearly Anzac ceremonies, the sub-branch will hold a walk from Seven Hills train station to the Best Rd club’s cenotaph on Sunday when more than 200 young people are expected to commemorate the Anzac spirit.

This month, three members of the Seven Hills-Toongabbie-Wentworthville RSL youth club will join a group of 30 participating in an exchange program in New Zealand as part of their Anzac celebrations.

The trip will not just be a chance for them to see the usual tourist sights but also gain insight on the Anzac spirit from a Kiwi perspective.

Young athletes and sub-branch members Tamara Vella-Powell and Georgia Tabone said they were excited about the journey.

“I really want to see how they celebrate the Anzacs and what they do on the day,” 14-year-old Tamara said.

“My great-grandfather and my great-great-grandfather were both Anzacs, so it makes me feel closer to them to learn about what they went through.”

As part of the New Zealand trip the students will be billeted to local families, with their families back home using the walk and the RSL services as a chance to thank the Anzacs.

“All my friends that aren’t going on the tour know about the Anzacs and what they did for us and our country,” 15-year-old Georgia said.

“We always see soldiers and what’s happening overseas on TV and it just makes us so thankful that we have all the freedoms that we do.”

The pre-Anzac Day service will take place on Sunday at 1pm from Boomerang Place to the club.

Written by Maryanne Taouk, Blacktown Advocate