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ANZAC Day care packages for our troops

Monday 25 March, 2013

 

As ANZAC Day approaches, now is a time to pause and remember the selfless men and women of the electorate of Murray who fought to keep our country free.
‘It is also a time to provide support to our current troops serving overseas and those recently returned from operations, particularly those wounded while on deployment,’ Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray said.
There are over 2,500 Australian Defence Force personnel currently deployed on operations from Afghanistan to the Solomon Islands.
‘In recent years, many people from Murray have sent care packages or a letter of appreciation to our serving men and women and this ANZAC Day Australia Post is again providing free delivery of packages weighing no more than 2kg (cubed) to our soldiers on the front line. Packages must be lodged with Australia Post by April 12th 2013.
‘I encourage you to show your support and appreciation of the troops by sending a parcel, don’t forget to include a letter of support, to the troops and include a stamped self-addressed envelope so they can send a letter back to you,’ suggested Sharman Stone.
Other ways of showing support are by donating money to the RSL’s Australian Forces Overseas Fund or by supporting Legacy or Soldier On.
‘There is a list of suggested items that you might send to the troops and details regarding postage of care packages as well as a list detailing other support you can offer below.  
 ‘We are proud of our Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen and ANZAC Day is a perfect opportunity for all in the community to rally behind our serving personnel and their families,’ Dr Stone said.
 
 

How to Donate

Defence has amended its guidance since Christmas 2012 with relation to the sending of care packages, including what can be sent, so please be sure to read the following information carefully.
 
A care package can be sent free of charge to the below AFPO address so long as it strictly complies with Australia Post guidelines.
 
In order to qualify for free postage, care packages can weigh no more than 2kg (cubed) and should be packaged within a “Bx2” size box, which is available from Australia Post for approximately two dollars. You will also be required to present photographic identification, fill in some customs forms and it is suggested that you use a liberal amount of packing tape to ensure that all of the contents arrive at their destination.
 
In order to ensure parcels reach the widest possible number of personnel, please ensure they are gender neutral and address all parcels to “An Australian Defence Member” and not to a specific job title, trade or unit.
 
Additionally, please note that Defence is unable to accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to their strict diet and training requirements.
 
The unique Australian Forces Post Office (AFPO) box will be open until 12 April 2013. In order to ensure the packages reach personnel by ANZAC Day, all packages must be lodged with Australia Post no later than 12 April 2013.
 
Address Details
To send a care package or letter of support to an ADF member posted overseas, address the package or letter to:
 
An Australian Defence Member
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
 
 
What can be included in Care Packages

Be creative with donations while being mindful of Australia Post’s guidelines for the free delivery of care packages. Some suggestions are listed below, as are the general restrictions. It is recommended that any donated goods collected by EOs, and which are unable to be sent due to size or weight, be donated to local charities.
Food
• Anzac biscuits
• Salted peanuts
• Muesli bars
• Instant noodles
• Lollies
• Small tinned consumables
• Other commercially manufactured and packaged foods that are non-perishable
 
Toiletries
• Deodorant (non aerosol)
• Shaving cream (non aerosol)
• Small bottle of talcum powder
• Disposable razors
• Shower gel
• Lip balm
 
Other ideas
• Magazines – from Vogue and Women’s Weekly to Men’s Health and Wheels
• Puzzle books
• DVDs
• Socks
• Letters of support
• Posters and letters from school children
• Stamped, self addressed envelope – this way personnel can thank you for the package
 
What not to include
• Pornographic material
• Alcoholic beverages
• Any food prepared or cooked at home, including cakes and biscuits
• Clothing (except socks)
• Pork products
• Cigarettes
• Perfumery products
 
 
Other Ways to Support the Troops this ANZAC Day
 
Sending a care package to our troops is a great way to show support, but it may not always be practicable to do so. There are a number of other ways you may like to show support for our troops and their families this ANZAC Day.
 
Messages for the troops:
For those who would like to express their support through a simple letter, you may like to email a message to:
 
Please ensure you include your name, suburb and state at the top of the email message. Defence may publish letters on Defence websites and social media sites so the message reaches more ADF members and their families. Personal details of the sender are not published.
 
For those who would prefer to send a message in the traditional way, there is the option of sending a postcard. The address details are:
 
Messages to the Troops Media Section 39 Personnel Support Battalion Building 217 Randwick Barracks NSW 2031
 
 
RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund
For those who are unable, or who perhaps don’t have the time, to put together a care package, another option is to donate money to the Returned and Services League (RSL) Australian Forces Overseas Fund.
 
The RSL’s Australian Forces Overseas Fund enables the RSL to send biannual care packages to ADF members as well as Australian Federal Police and other Government Agency personnel serving overseas. This is a great way to donate as the RSL is well equipped to provide care packages that personnel not only want, but are also culturally sensitive and do not contain perishable or illegal material.
 
 
More information about the RSL’s Australian Forces Overseas Fund can be found by going to:
 
Legacy and Soldier On Donations
Another option is to make a donation in support of those personnel who have been wounded on operations and to those family members who are suffering financially and socially from the death of a loved one.
 
You might like to donate to either Legacy or Soldier On this ANZAC Day to help these organisations support those ADF personnel injured in the line of duty and the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The respective websites are:

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