COLAC youth leaders will participate in Saturday’s Anzac Day commemorations, starting a year of activities for Colac Otway Shire Youth Council.
The Youth Council will help with the ceremony at Colac’s Memorial Square, marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in the First World War.
“With Anzac Day we are planning to help with a registration for the wreath-laying service as well as laying a wreath for the youth council,” Youth Council chairman Shane Richardson said.
Mr Richardson said youth councillors Emily Tuck and Alice Kavenagh would also speak on behalf of the Youth Council at the service.
Alice said she was nervous about speaking at the service.
“It is such a huge honour, it’s an amazing experience.
“We are not going to live through another event like this. To have all those people there, all those families it means a lot to them.”
This year’s Youth Council has nine members with students from Colac Secondary College, Colac’s Trinity College, a workplace-based member and a former Colac Specialist School student.
The group’s events for 2015 include a sleep-out to raise awareness for homelessness.
“We are going to have a sleep-out to raise awareness for the homelessness in Colac,” youth councillor Emily Raison said.
“We decided to do one big one at the end of the year and we will be working on that throughout the year,” councillor Alice Kavenagh said.
The Youth Council aims to improve on its achievements of last year and become well known.
“We are really hoping just to chip into these smaller events as they come up and hopefully that will be a good way of getting our names out there so people know who we are,” Youth Council secretary Nicholas Lenehan–Anderson said.
“I guess we are hoping we can really build on the start of last year as well and continue to better the Youth Council and enjoy the year as well. And it should be good to have so many people on here.”