Rio Tinto Anzac Centenary Public Fund donation honours Australian servicemen and women

Monday, 11 January 2016

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, gratefully acknowledges Rio Tinto’s
$10 million contribution to the Anzac Centenary Public Fund.

“As a proud Australian company Rio Tinto has thrown its support behind the Anzac Centenary with a very generous $10 million donation that will help support a range of community activities, events, memorials and educational partnerships,” Mr Robert said.

“Across all sectors of our nation we have an opportunity to think about what legacy we want to leave our children and grandchildren, including how they will remember the sacrifices made by our soldiers and their families.”

The Anzac Centenary Public Fund has been established to provide Australian communities with opportunities to participate in Anzac Centenary activities. Donations to the public fund support iconic state and territory Anzac Centenary projects that enable Australians to participate in commemorative activities.

Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh said, “Rio Tinto is proud to support these important commemorations as part of its long-standing and ongoing commitment as a member of the Australian community.”

“The ANZAC centenary gives the nation a chance to come together to honour Australian servicemen and women for the roles they have played in combat around the world,” Mr Walsh said.

The Anzac Centenary 2014 to 2018 is the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history. It is a time to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms over the past 100 years, and those who continue to represent us in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

For more information about the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, please visit the Anzac Centenary website.

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