Last year Park Ridge Primary School were able to post 36 Soldier Care Packages.  Thank you to all the families and students for donating items and thinking of others at this festive time.  These packages were sent to soldiers who were deployed in other countries and were not home with their own families at Christmas.  It was quite a challenge to keep the packages under 2 kilograms but classes were creative and we were certain the items would be much appreciated.  We had gifts of food and lollies, soaps and toiletries, card games and Christmas decorations.  Personal Christmas cards were a special touch, written by the students, thanking the soldiers for helping to protect us.  Over the holidays we received an email from one of the soldiers who received a Care Package from us…

Hi there,

I would like to sincerely thank the students of Park Ridge Primary School for the care packages that you have sent through to serving members on operations. I was touched to receive a package, especially at this festive time of year. A special thank you to Ryder, Zoe, Emma and Brandan for their Christmas Cards. We will be putting to good use the goodies that you supplied. Thank you for thinking of us ADF members deployed on operations. It is warming to know that people back home, in addition to our families and loved ones, remember and support us.

I wish you all in the Park Ridge Primary School community a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you,


Attila Ovari


Australian Defence Force, Middle East Region