Robe to Recovery Anzac Day Events
Friday 24 - Saturday 25 April, 2020
Robe, South Australia
0427 343 132
Robe flys the flag for Aussie Veterans
ANZAC Day 2020 will be a particularly significant day for locals in the small coastal township of Robe SA.
ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday in 2020, and at the local footy ground, Robe will be playing rivals and closest neighbours Hatherleigh, in what will be the ANZAC Day Mid South East Football League Match of the Round.
The Football and Netball Clubs, and indeed the town itself, will be showcased as the most veteran-friendly community in SA, as a local body known as “Robe to Recovery” will be undertaking their inaugural ANZAC Day Event.
It all started with farmer and photographer Jacqui Bateman, who had a desire to see her community of Robe come together to support Australian veterans, in a respite program for those in need. At first, Jacqui used her own B&B accommodation, making it available to veterans and their families. Since then, Robe has embraced the initiative with countless locals offering their homes or holiday rentals, and an extensive list of shops, cafes, activity providers and individuals donating vouchers and goods.
Quite simply, veterans who are identified as requiring support are referred to the program. The veterans and their family are booked into accommodation in Robe for a short stay. They are greeted by a welcoming basket of goodies, each item or voucher in that basket accompanied by a short note, thanking the veteran for their service. It can be an overwhelming arrival, an emotional acknowledgement that there are people who care.
The township of Robe is not unique, as many of the towns within country SA and VIC were built on the back of soldier settler farms. The descendants of these WWII veterans understand the importance of their Australian heritage, and have pride in knowing the sacrifices made, allow them to enjoy the Australian lifestyle they have today.
So how do Robe to Recovery’s ANZAC Day 2020 celebrations promote it’s veteran respite program and thank all those who have supported them so far?
They will give back to their community by staging the ANZAC Day 2020 Event.
The weekend will start on Friday 24 April with a Jumper Presentation Night to be held at the Robe Football Clubrooms. Veteran and Robe to Recovery Ambassador Rob Yates will put the footballers through their paces in a light training run then follow up with a motivational talk to the team. Then the A Grade Commemorative ANZAC Day Football Jumpers and Netball Bibs,
designed by local Jordy Alexander, will be presented by visiting & local veterans to each of the football and netball players.
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be a collaboration between the Robe RSL and Robe to Recovery, and there will be some exciting guests participating in the march. Together with local veterans and those who march for their loved ones, there will be many visiting veterans, including a representation from the Veterans Motorcycle Club and the Naracoorte Light Horse Troop who will be
there to flank our flag bearers. The Service will be followed by a Gunfire Breakfast at the Robe Institute.
There will be further pomp and ceremony at the Football Oval preceding the A Grade Match between Robe and Hatherleigh. Crowds will be in awe when the match football will be delivered in by the Mach 5 Wingsuit Team. Footballers and Netballers will line up to hear the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems, hear local bugler Bob Emery with the Last Post and honour those
who have served with a minute’s silence. The Naracoorte Light Horse Troop will finish with a lap of the oval flying the Australian Flag before the siren sounds to start the game.
The Best on Ground Medals have been generously designed and donated by Ruffell Jewellers. Best Footballer will receive the “Baldy Miller” Medal by the man himself, veteran and past Robe Football Club President David Miller. Best Netballer on Court will receive the “Eileen Canny” Medal, honouring a local nurse who served in WWI.
For Robe to Recovery members, it is about giving back to the Robe community, thanking its supporters and sponsors, showcasing it’s respite program and creating awareness of what small towns can do. Believing that every little thing we do shows just how much we care. Together we can make a difference.
And it is about saying thank you. For those who served Australia, we thank you.
Join us in Robe for ANZAC Day 2020.
For all Robe to Recovery enquiries: Jacqui Bateman Secretary 0427 343 132
Stephen Phillips President 0417 992 114