TWO COLAC cousins will be part of history on April 25 when they join thousands of people at Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing.
Aidan Robertson and Amy McKenzie are among 8000 Australians who have gained a place at the milestone ANZAC commemoration at Gallipoli through a ballot draw.
Almost 30,000 Australians and New Zealanders entered the ballot and Mr Robertson, 20, received a double pass which has allowed him to invite his cousin to share the “amazing” experience.
Mr Robertson said he had entered the ballot but “never thought” he would be successful in his bid to secure a place at the historic ceremony in Turkey.
“I was always interested in Australian history and going to Gallipoli was something I always wanted to do,” he said.
“But there was only 8000 passes so I never thought I’d get one until I got the email that I’d received a double pass to the ceremony.
“From what I’ve read it’s going to be a very moving ceremony but I’m going there without any expectations,” Mr Robertson said.
“It’s good I had an opportunity to take someone with me and I can I give someone else the chance to experience it; I’m happy and proud that Amy and I are going over.”
Mr Robertson and Ms McKenzie, 19, leave Australia Friday and arrive at Istanbul for an eight-day tour.
“We go to Kusadasi then to Bergama and from there to Gallipoli,” Mr Robertson said.
“We do a 10-kilometre hike into Gallipoli and stay the night so we are there for the dawn service,” Ms McKenzie said.
She said she had regularly attended Anzac Day dawn services in Colac, watched ceremonies on television each year and had wanted to travel to Gallipoli.
“There’s going to be so many people there it’s going to be amazing,” she said.
“It will be very emotional; it’s such a privilege to have this opportunity, I never thought I’d be going.”