Wayne Swan MP

Federal Member for Lilley

ANZAC DAY CARE PACKAGES FOR TROOPS OVERSEAS

Federal Member for Lilley Wayne Swan has encouraged the local community to support our troops serving overseas by sending them care packages this ANZAC Day.

"ANZAC Day is a day to remember the sacrifices our troops have made for our nation and it is also a day for us to show support to our troops currently serving overseas," Mr Swan said.

"We are all proud of the work the men and women of the Australian Defence Force do in places like East Timor, Solomon Islands and, of course, in Afghanistan."

"A great way to show your support is by sending our troops a message or a care package this ANZAC Day."

Messages to the troops can be sent to messagestothetroops@defence.gov.au

Members of the public are able to send care packages through Australia Post. Items weighing up to 2kg and posted in a ‘BM' size Australia Post carton can be posted without cost to the sender. Parcels exceeding this limit will incur full postal charges which must be paid by the sender.

"I recommend sending items that will remind our troops of home - things like magazines, books and DVDs," Mr Swan said.

The Australian Defence Force has set up special postal addresses for the care packages. They are active from now until 15 April 2011. For postal security reasons, parcels must be posted in person with presentation of photograph identification and can be lodged at any Australia Post outlet, using the following addresses:

Middle East:

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman
Anzac Day Mail
Middle East Operations
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

East Timor

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman
Anzac Day Mail
East Timor Operations
AFPO 61
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Solomon Islands

An Australian Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman
Anzac Day Mail
Solomon Islands Operations
AFPO 62
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

Another way of showing our troops support this ANZAC Day is to donate to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF). Twice a year the AFOF provides packages to Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police and AusAID personnel serving overseas. Further information regarding the AFOF is available on the RSL web site (http://www.rsl.org.au/).