Call for support from groups for Vigil

TRIBUTE: Jarrod Cust, left, Tanisha Hopkins, Alicia Renton, Callen Holtham and Nikki Whyte-Douglas offer a solemn tribute at a recent vigil.
TRIBUTE: Jarrod Cust, left, Tanisha Hopkins, Alicia Renton, Callen Holtham and Nikki Whyte-Douglas offer a solemn tribute at a recent vigil.

The Whyalla Anzac Eve Vigil is looking to make changes to expand the variety of youth groups that are able to attend the event.

Sadly, last year was not the year that organisers had hoped with low numbers of youth participating.

Changes in Whyalla and some families leaving the city had a heavy impact on the event.

The vigil still went ahead with 14 youth and 16 adults taking part on the roster.

They braved the cold, rain and all its challenges.

The Whyalla Anzac Vigil Committee would like to expand the variety of groups who would like to attend the event.

In previous years since 2008, organisers have worked the Whyalla Returned Services League sub-branch, St John Cadets, Whyalla Scouts, Whyalla Girl Guides, Cowell Country Fire Services, Storm Front Productions and the Naval Cadets.

Other groups have included Whyalla Air Force Cadets, Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club and the Salvation Army. 

The committee is looking to engage with schools, sport groups, artistic groups and other youth community groups. 

The team will work with youth from nine to 26 years. To participate, the youth will require a uniform to take part in the vigil.

Participants need to be neatly dressed. Adults who want participate will need a current police check.

The committee has permission that youth can wear a hoodie as uniform with conditions.

The vigil is fully catered for with adult support for the entire event and a security presence is provided. 

It is an event where community groups can work together to demonstrate through action a respectful tribute to our fallen soldiers from wars past.

For the vigil to go ahead this year, the committee needs more youth members, supporting adults with police checks and the time to give to support their children.

There is a need to create a working committee so the vital work of resuming the vigil can be completed. 

If you are interested, contact via Facebook Whyalla ANZAC Vigil or via email WhyallaANZACVigil@Gmail.com.

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