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Event Recap: ANZAC Day Memorial Drive 2024

April 25 each year is fixed in every Australian’s (and New Zealander’s) mind as the day on which we remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves in conflict to protect our two nations.  It is also the first day on which we are officially allowed to turn on the heating. So it was no surprise that gloomy skies and a cool breeze greeted the 16 souls who met at Uni Hill shopping centre in Bundoora for the 2024 Motafrenz Annual Memorial Drive.  The Memorial Drive is a day for us to remember all our former members who’ve passed away.  In the last year, we’ve said goodbye to former Presidents, Frank DePinna and David Fiddyment; founding member of GEARS (later Motafrenz NSW), Bruce Gibbs; and last year’s Member of the Year, Lyric Sas.

This year we headed to Yea, via Kinglake, for lunch.  Having requested directions from Ms Google or Ms Apple Maps, we set north along Plenty Road to our morning tea stop at the Yan Yean Lookout.  Luckily, for most of the way I was able to follow a mobile landmark, Bruce’s magnificently orange Renault Mégane RS 280.  Despite advice from Daniel, our event leader, someone (who may or may not be your present correspondent 🙂) followed Ms Google’s directions uncritically and ended up in a narrow, hilly lane in front of a locked gate.  Apparently, you have to take the long route around to get to the lookout.  Lesson learned – take Ms Google’s directions with a grain of salt.  Or listen to your event leader.

Still being grey and chilly, a hot cuppa was definitely in order.  Since no shops were open on ANZAC morning, we brought our own refreshments or relied on Gordon’s planning and generosity.  As always, Gordon brought a delicious selection of biscuits and Daniel shared his home-made and very moreish chocolate brownies.  To top it off, we enjoyed a splendid view towards the hills beyond the reservoir.  Before we left, Gordon said a few words to remind us why we were there.  In memory of our Motafrenz members who had left us in the past year.

We then headed to Yea through some marvellous driving roads through the hills.  Lunch was at the Royal Mail Hotel, which served excellent traditional pub dishes.  Those who had chips with their meal, all agreed that they were exceptionally good.  After lunch, the gloomy weather had transformed into pleasant sunshine, so we went for a gentle walk around Yea to burn off some of the carbs that we had just consumed.  A few of us explored the Yea Wetlands Discovery Centre and Park.  Evidence of recent floods was still very much in view.  Others were attracted to potential bargains in the local Op Shop which was conveniently open.

By this time, a few of us decided we needed coffee to provide energy for the trip home so off to the Provender Country bakery we went.  Suitably fortified, we said our farewells and headed home after a wonderful drive and lunch.  Our thanks go to Daniel for organising such a great day out.

Words by Chris Gallagher. Pictures by Nigel, and Paul.

Paul Hollingworth

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