ELLENBROOK RSL Sub Branch will hold a quiz night next Saturday to raise money for this year’s Anzac Day service.
The sub branch, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is attempting to raise $3000 from the night towards the cost of the dawn service and gunfire breakfast on April 25.
The quiz night, which has already sold out, is an example of the work done behind the scenes by the RSL to ensure there is enough money for a ceremony each year.
Vice president Dalby Munro said the Anzac Day service cost around $10,000 and continued to grow each year, with no financial support from the State or Federal Governments.
“Since the centenary the numbers at the dawn service continue to increase and we’ve had to move the ceremony from the Woodlake Amphitheatre to the Ellenbrook District Open Space, so we could fit everyone in,” he said.
“Last year we had about 5000 people attend and we want to continue to be able to put on the dawn service for the community.
“For 20 years the Ellenbrook RSL has been running and holding the Anzac Day service and we get little assistant, so we have to raise the balance.”
Despite it running for 20 years, the Ellenbrook sub branch is yet to have a permanent home for ex service men and women or those currently serving.
Social activity co-ordinator Frank Mallard said the sub branch was currently in negotiations with the State and Federal Governments and local stakeholders to find premises in Ellenbrook.
“We’re hoping to get the wheels in motion this year and secure premises,” he said.
“A lot of people want to see become the hub of the north as there are a lot of ex serviceman here and the area is continuing to expand.”
Membership officer James Eusebio said the community, local businesses, the City of Swan, the Ellenbrook Eels and the Scouts, Girl Guides and Police Rangers had all been a fantastic support in organising the ceremony each year.
He said once permanent premises had been secured for the RSL it would bring the community together and provide support for ex service men and women.
“It’ll give somewhere for veterans to go for support services, a place for the local community to come together and a way to keep Anzac spirit alive and the tradition going in Ellenbrook,” he said.