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Flt-Lt Sean Watson
CHILDREN across Australia have been sending post-
cards to ADF personnel deployed overseas in the lead up
to Anzac Day.
The first postcards to arrive in East Timor were made
by students from Sandgate in Queensland and were put
on display at an ISF base, giving all troops the chance to
admire the many handcrafted designs.
The postcards were organised by the Sandgate RSL
Citizens Auxiliary as part of an annual competition.
Auxiliary Secretary Jackie Wright said the students
were invited to submit artwork in the form of a postcard
depicting their impressions of Australia.
"The enthusiasm of the students for this project is evi-
dent by the quality of their work," she said.
"We are very glad to be able to facilitate forwarding
these postcards to the men and women who are serving
overseas with our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for
their safe return home."
ISF Chief of Staff Wg-Cmdr Michael Dickson said
the troops greatly appreciated the schoolchildren's efforts.
"As we approach Anzac Day, such messages remind
all those serving in East Timor that there are many think-
ing of us back home," he said.
one of the
to East Timor by
Cpl Janine Fabre
Close shave for Timor troops
TROOPS in East Timor went under the razor and
raised $1500 for the Leukaemia Foundation as part
of the World's Greatest Shave campaign.
The participating troops shaved their locks at a
group event conducted on March 18.
Organiser Pte Donna Jack, of 4CSSB, (inset) said
she was impressed with the level of support those
taking part received from their fellow troops.
"It has been a great way to raise awareness and
funds in support of the Leukaemia Foundation," she
"The level of support we have received from
everyone has been outstanding."
Pte Jack is the Combat Service Support
Team clerk in East Timor. This is her first
operational deployment overseas -- but not
her first close shave.
"My best friend back in Australia was
diagnosed with Acute Lympho-Blastic
Leukaemia in 2004, which has fortunately
since gone into remission," she said.
"I shaved my head in support of her then,
and decided that when I turned 40, I would
do it again as a fundraiser."
Pictured here is Spr Rowan Wade get-
ting his head shaved by Cpl Lee Batey as
part of the initiative.
Blood cancer is Australia's second big-
gest cancer killer, with more than 11,500
Australians expected to develop leukae-
mia, lymphoma or myeloma this year. More
than 40,000 Australian families are cur-
rently facing the physical, emotional, and
financial challenges of blood cancer.
To contribute to the World's
Greatest Shave campaign
go to www.worlds
call 1800 500 088
Photos by Cpl
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