THE Fremantle RSL is offering an exciting scholarship to five local children of current and past members of the Australian Defence Force.
The $1500 scholarship aims to support veteran families who are facing hardship within the community.
“These scholarships are designed to assist and advance studies, and the skills of those who could not otherwise afford it.” says Fremantle RSL president Lindsay Lovering, a former national serviceman.
“It’s just one way we hope to help those who served our country.”
Mr Lovering says the program is one of several planned RSL initiatives to engage with young people.
“As our membership ages, being relevant to the younger generation is increasingly important.
“We’re currently developing school programs which gives the opportunity for family members of servicemen and women to share the stories of their relatives with students.
“The focus of this will be on reconciliation–how our former adversaries are now Australia’s partners in the maintenance of peace and goodwill and trade and development.”
The Fremantle RSL is recovering from an internal feud last year which required the state RSL’s intervention.
The sub-branch was homeless and facing falling membership, resulting in former President Robert Fittock falling out with the committee.
Now the branch has pitched its tent and Mr Lovering claims that the RSL is back on the up.
“We’re a united committee now. We’re all thinking along the same lines.”
If you’d like to apply for the scholarship go to
Applications close Friday March 8.
by CHARLIE BRAY