From: Defence Media Centre
Sent: Fri 4/11/2011 2:06 PM

Christmas 2011 goodwill care packages
for ADF members serving overseas


Following requests from a number of community-based organisations and private citizens, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established special mailing addresses for members of the public to send Christmas goodwill care packages to Australian service men and women serving on operations overseas.

The Director of Supply Chain Operations to deployed forces, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Rosenberger said he continues to be amazed by the number of ordinary Australians who want to show their support to ADF personnel currently serving overseas.

“Serving on operations over the Christmas period is more difficult when you are missing family and friends who are celebrating Christmas at home. So this shows deployed ADF personnel their sacrifices are appreciated by the wider public too”.

Members of the public are able to send parcels through Australia Post, so long as they do not exceed a two kilogram cubic weight limit. Items weighing up to two kilograms and posted in a ‘BM’ size Australia Post carton can be posted without cost to the sender. Parcels exceeding this limit will incur full postal charges which must be paid by the sender.

The postal addresses are active from 7 November until 9 December 2011 and packages will be distributed throughout the operational areas. For postal security reasons, parcels must be posted in person with presentation of photograph identification and can be lodged at any Australia Post outlet.

All the details necessary for sending care packages can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/christmas/mail/index.htm

Care package items most appreciated include uniquely Australian treats such as lollies, magazines, books and DVDs. “On behalf of those members of the ADF who will receive care packages this Christmas, I would like to thank the public and community groups, particularly the RSL, for their thoughtfulness and kindness,” Lieutenant Colonel Rosenberger said.

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