Canberra helps celebrate centenary of service

Published on Mr Stephen Henderson (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02)

RSL Centenary canvas bag and small medalions (photo: Unknown)
RSL Centenary canvas bag and small medalions

HMAS Canberra is putting her considerable weight behind the Returned and Services League of Australia as they celebrate their Centenary Year in 2016.
 
The amphibious is hosting a concert commemorating the centenary of the RSL and helping to raise the profile of the many issues faced by the veteran community, current serving personnel and their dependants.
 
RSL National Chief Executive Officer, Sam Jackman said the concert presented a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the RSL and the vital services provided to veterans and their families, especially with regard to mental health.

“Having this opportunity to reflect on the rich history of the RSL, whilst highlighting the work we undertake for veterans, is one example of the way we engage with the contemporary veteran community,” Ms Jackman said.

With performances from Kasey Chambers, Archie Roach, Anne Kirkpatrick, Eric Bogle, Fred Smith, The Stilettos, the Royal Australian Navy Band and Sing Australia, the concert follows on the back of the RSL Principal Partnership of the 2016 Veterans’ Film Festival.
 
The event will profile the latest footage from the Film Festival and Mel Gibson’s soon to be released film Hacksaw Ridge and will showcase the photographic work undertaken by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers ‘Reflections of WWII’ veteran project.
 
Celebrity cricketers from Cricket Australia will host activities on board and everyone who attends will receive a limited edition Great War replica soldier bag from the Military Shop containing an RSL Centenary Proof Medallion, keyring and a variety of gifts from sponsors and supporters.
 
Tickets to this fully catered event are strictly limited and are available from Ticketek.