Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino encourages people to send a care package to our troops overseas this Anzac Day, April 25.
The Australian Defence Force currently has men and women serving in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands and the East Timor.
“Sending a care package is a great way to remember all of our troops, past and present, who have served for our country,” Mrs Marino said.
“For our troops overseas on Anzac Day an iconic day burned which has it is all the more poignant moment for them,” Mrs Marino said.
“Receiving a care package is extremely heartening for them
The deadline for care packages to be sent is by Friday April 13.
Mrs Marino speaks at several schools about Anzac Day and attends several wreath laying ceremonies each year.
“Anzac Day means a lot to me as my mother was a war widow and I have made it a mission of mine to take an interest in our current overseas engagements,”
Last month Mrs Marino was in a delegation of Parliamentarians which was warmly received by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) at its European headquarters.
“Australia is Nato’s largest non member state which is involved in Afghanistan where I met many of our serving troops last year and was extremely impressed by their commitment and courage so far away from home,” Mrs Marino said.
People can send parcels weighing less than 2kg through Australia Post without postage cost
For postal security reasons, parcels must be posted in person with presentation of photograph identification and can be lodged at any Australia Post outlet.
Care package items most often appreciated include uniquely Australian treats such as lollies, as well as magazines, books and DVDs.
For more information on sending Anzac Day messages and care packages visit the Defence website at www.defence.gov.au/anzacday/mail/index.htm