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100 years of Anzac

Anzac Day

Anzac Day on 25 April is a national day of commemoration. It marks the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed in Gallipoli 1915. Anzac Day commemorations traditionally begin with dawn services around Australia and at important sites across the globe.

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How to live?

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The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015 takes place from 18 to 24 May. It is an annual literary festival that includes author talks, conversations, film screenings, panels, readings, workshops and various events for children. This year’s theme is ‘How to live?’

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Kiss Goodbye to MS

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Kiss Goodbye to MS calls on people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their friends, family and colleagues to raise funds for research into a cure of the disease. During the month of May, MS Australia asks everyone to wear red lipstick and share the message with events throughout Australia.

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The Anzac appeal: helping veterans and their families in times of need

posted by David McLachlan, Apr 24, 2015

This Anzac Day is an opportunity to remember the fallen on the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. Major General David McLachlan explains how the ANZAC Appeal assists current and former service-men and women in need.

The Returned & Services League of Australia relies heavily on donations, primarily through the ANZAC Appeal and Poppy Appeal, in April and November respectively. It is this money that goes directly to support and assist veterans and their families in times of need.

Victorians are an enormously generous donating community. The ANZAC Appeal is a primary example of this, reaching new heights in 2015, which of course is the Centenary of the Gallipoli landings at ANZAC Cove.

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Featured Forum

Vision for Australia featured forum

Today we are reaching out to every Australian as we embark on a major initiative to create a narrative and execute a vision for Australia. In 2015, we are developing a robust 'big-picture' vision and a roadmap for Australia's increasingly diverse society over the next decade and longer term.

At Global Access Partners (GAP) we have been running Taskforces and Consultative Committees for 14 years. The GAP alumni comprises of about 5,000 members. 500 of them are active in ongoing projects. We have a strong online community. And now we are bringing it all together to create a synthesis of your views on the future of Australia. For this we want your input – your voice will be heard.

We will collect your ideas and produce a report that will be presented at the GAP Annual Growth Summit in September. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea and help us actively shape the future of Australia.

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