Two New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers have secured a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Young Endeavour as it sails to Gallipoli, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Andrew McCullough, 26 from Kiama, and Danielle Skews, 25 from Strathfield, have been sponsored by the NSW SES Volunteers Association and NSW SES community partner, Origin to spend 24 days on the Young Endeavour Training ship on her 2015 world voyage. They will join alongside other young people from Australia and New Zealand, and the ship’s Royal Australian Navy crew, on the historic voyage.
Both Mr McCullough and Ms Skews will be honouring great grandparents who fought in the First World War, joining after the Gallipoli campaign.
“This will be a once in a lifetime experience. I joined the NSW SES Kiama Unit five years ago and love the chance to give something back to my local community,” Mr McCullough said.
After sailing from Cadiz, Spain, they will arrive at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 23, where they will visit Australian and international commemorative sites. They will also be part of the international fleet moored off North Beach during the April 25 Dawn Service.
The voyage will include a program that fosters leadership and self-confidence skills in its participants.
“Playing a part in the Gallipoli Dawn Service for the 100th year anniversary will be an amazing experience for me personally, as my family has a history of military service. I look forward to developing greater confidence and fostering mateship through the challenges we’ll face throughout the voyage,” Ms Skews said.
NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent congratulated both Origin and the NSW SES Volunteer Association for supporting leadership opportunities amongst young volunteer members.
“I want to thank both Origin and the NSW SES Volunteer Association for providing the opportunity to send these two amazing young future leaders of the NSW SES on this unique adventure.
“I’m sure the skills they have acquired through their time volunteering with the NSW SES will be put to good use on the Young Endeavour,” Mr Dent said.
NSW SES Volunteers Association President, Charlie Moir, said that he’s proud to support the future leaders of the NSW SES and recognise their service to the community.
“We’re proud to recognise the contribution of these young leaders in the NSW SES by sponsoring their Gallipoli tour with the Young Endeavour,” Mr Moir said.
“This is the fourth year we’ve sponsored volunteers on the Young Endeavour, and this is only made possible through the support we receive from community donations.”
The NSW SES Volunteers Association has also sponsored young SES volunteers on other leadership ventures and assists with grants for training courses for members.
In their inaugural year as Community Partner of the NSW SES, Origin’s support of this initiative is evidence of their commitment to assisting the next generation of volunteers.
"Through our partnership with the NSW SES, we are committed to supporting the invaluable work of the volunteers. We recognise what a hugely positive difference the NSW SES makes, and we’re thrilled to be able to support these young volunteers to improve their leadership skills and self-confidence,” said Amy Stockfeld, National Campaigns & Partnerships Manager at Origin.
Mr McCullough and Ms Skews will arrive in Cadiz, Spain, on April 2 where they will embark on their journey to Gallipoli on the Young Endeavour.
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