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November 2014

November is a fantastic month. The kids are counting down the days to school holidays, and then counting down to Christmas. The weather has warmed, days are longer, and the magpies have finished swooping!
November at Camping & Outdoors is jam-packed. The store is filling up with great products for the holiday and Christmas season. The new OZtrail catalogue has just been released, and to top it off, we are raising funds for Movember.
Camping & Outdoors has a Movember team, fundraising for Mens Health. Movember is not just about growing a Mo, but also raising awareness for men’s physical and psychological health. Throughout the store you will find moustaches on selected products. You will find moustaches on the images of selected products online as well. Camping & Outdoors will be donating 20cents from the sale of each one of these products. 
The Racing Carnival draws to a climax with the Melbourne Cup and Gympie Race Day on the 4th. When I think of Melbourne Cup, I think of all the events taking place throughout Australia in celebration of this iconic event. It can be hard when you have littlies to accommodate. So why not host your own event? Get your parent friends together and head to the park with a radio and Picnic. Kids love eating outdoors, and we have a great recipe and picnic sets on sale to get you in the spirit.
Remembrance Day is on the 11th. The day for me personally is about two men. One is a family member, the other I never met. It was not until earlier this year that I learnt how much pride my paternal grandfather had in his service for our country in World War II. He occasionally would talk about events. It would be cut short, as the emotion on his face would indicate that it was not a place he wanted to revisit in his conversation. The last time we discussed it, he told me about the faces of the men on the journey to New Guinea. His funeral service in January 2014 was the most moving I have ever attended. Members of the local RSL did a tremendous job attending to the RSL part of his service.
The second is my maternal grandfather’s best mate Bertie Turk. A young man excited about the adventure of travelling overseas. His life was cut tragically short during battle in New Guinea. On this day I will remember them, and be grateful for the young men who gave their life for our freedom.
We will also remember Corporal Ashley Birt, and be thinking of his family. Corporal Birt was a local lad who had his life cut short in Kandahar, Afghanistan on the 29th of October 2011. It is a reminder that even today conflict overseas still occurs, and supporting groups like Legacy Australia is just as relevent today as it was in the 1940's.
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