APRIL 26: A soldier salutes during the service at Murwillumbah.
APRIL 26: A soldier salutes during the service at Murwillumbah. Felicia Kosegi

RSL chief issues plea for youth

DURING his Anzac Day speech Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims asked today’s young people to use mateship for good.

He urged them to follow the example of the Anzacs but not to misuse mateship by being part of a gang.

“There is something almost spiritual about being part of a group of good mates who look after one another,” Mr Sims said. “What I would also like to say to young people is that there is also a dark side to mateship, especially when it is used to cover up being in a gang of people who find excitement in picking on someone who is weaker or a bit different.

“It is the wrong sort of mateship when you are talked or dared into breaking the rules.

“This is not mateship. It is being used.

“Ganging up on another person ... is not showing you’re a good mate. Those diggers in Gallipoli helped their weaker mates. They looked after the sick and wounded. Some of them were larrikins but they were not gangsters.”



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