Cromwell students honoured the Anzac spirit with Scarlett Poppies, while guitarist Lachlan Cox and singer Leah Humbert performed the haunting ballad, “I Was Only 19”. Trumpeters Emma Stewart and Chanele LeGrand gave a stirring rendition of “The Last Post”.
Guest speaker, Aidan Grimes told our students about successfully completing his 124th Kokoda Trek in Nov 2019. A passionate philanthropist and respected war historian, local Papuan’s honoured Aidan with the nickname “Uda Baroma” ( meaning wild boar) as a sign of respect for his incredible strength and leadership.
Aidan’s contribution to various charities exceeds $6.5 million dollars. In 2000, he was named ‘NSW Father of the Year’, after riding across the Simpson Desert (raising over $1 million dollars for the “Life’s a Ball” youth suicide prevention program). Aidan received the RSL National Anzac Award 2012 and the Gov General of PNG presented Aidan with the 2019 Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM) for his services to the region.
Thank you Aidan, our Anzacs, and all servicemen and women. Lest we forget!