Jason Clare pays tribute to Australian and Turkish soldiers killed at Gallipoli 100 years ago

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP has just returned from Gallipoli where he led a group of young Australians from the Western Suburbs and the Sutherland Shire to retrace the footsteps of Australian and Turkish soldiers who fought there almost 100 years ago.

The Mateship Trek brings together young Australians from different communities to learn about each other and Australian military history.
This is the fourth Mateship Trek that Mr Clare has organised.
In 2009 he took young people to walk the Kokoda Track. In 2011 he took young people to retrace the footsteps of World War II POWs along the Sandakan Death March. In 2013 Mateship returned to Papua New Guinea to trek the Black Cat Track from Wau to Salamaua.
The Gallipoli Mateship Trek included five young Turkish Australians from Western Sydney:

• Erol Dalkic of Auburn;
• Simal Tekin of Westmead;
• Alara Aktepe of Carlingford
• Ersoy Dariverenli of Berala; and
• Yasmine Lewis of Condell Park

The Trek concluded with a commemorative service at the Lone Pine Cemetery on Australia Day.

This trek was particularly significant for the Turkish Australians from Western Sydney who were able to travel to their ancestral homeland and pay tribute to the brave men who fought and died in Gallipoli.

Date: 30 January 2015
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