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2013 Youth Tour to Gallipoli

In April 2013, students from three Colleges in the Broadmeadows area (Melbourne) will travel to Turkey for a 15 day tour.  The 12 students will visit sites of historic importance and attend the Dawn Service and Lone Pine ceremonies at Gallippoli on Anzac Day.

The 2013 Youth Tour provides a unique opportunity for students to:

  • engage with Australia’s WWI Gallipoli history
  • personally experience the bonds which developed over time with the Turkish nation

Friends of Gallipoli is providing Youth Tour design and specialised advice in creating Gallipoli related projects for participating students.  The group will also offer other organisational support in seeking external sponsorship and tour leadership, to  be undertaken by Dr John Basarin (on a self funded basis).

All travel and accommodation arrangements are through Fairy Chimneys Travel Travel.

To ensure the Youth Tour remains affordable for all families, participating families will be supported in funding the tour cost.  Glenroy RSL is a foundation sponsor for the April 2013 Youth Tour.  Other sponsors are also being sought to assist with the cost of student participation.  Funding  for chaperones is provided by the individual colleges or Friends of Gallipoli organisation.

Broadmeadows student participants in 2013 Gallipoli Tour

This Youth Tour will contribute to relationship building between Colleges in the Broadmeadows region.  Broadmeadows is rich in ethnic diversity, but with areas of significant social disadvantage.  The 12 students travelling in April 2013 have varied cultural backgrounds, including Turkish, Somali and Koori.  [#] boys and [#] girls aged 15-17 and drawn from years 10 and 11 classes across the colleges will participate.

Friends of Gallipoli is working with senior staff from Roxburgh College, Hume Central College, and Penola Catholic College to develop the Youth Tour.  Glenroy Returned Soldiers League, is a key sponsor.

Partnership arrangements were formalised in a small ceremony on 17th October 2012.  In attendance were:

  • College principals
  • Friends of Gallipoli Chairman
  • Mr Frank Mcguire State local member
  • Kelvin Thompson Federal MLA
  • Turkish Consul General Mr Mehmet Apak
  • Glenroy RSL President

The three colleges involved have undertaken student selection (including leadership potential),  provision of chaperones, funding support and Tour plan participation, reporting and review.

For more about Friends of Gallipoli 2013 Youth Tour to Gallipoli, contact us.