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Event commemorates Anzac Day and battle in Korea

Northsiders can take part in the Anzac Kapyong Day Battle PT on Monday to commemorate Anzac Day and the Battle of Kapyong which occurred in April 22-25, 1951 during the Korean War. Pictured is Luke Jarvis scaling Shorncliffe cliffs at the first event in 2015. Photo: Contributed
Northsiders can take part in the Anzac Kapyong Day Battle PT on Monday to commemorate Anzac Day and the Battle of Kapyong which occurred in April 22-25, 1951 during the Korean War. Pictured is Luke Jarvis scaling Shorncliffe cliffs at the first event in 2015. Photo: Contributed Contributed

AT 0500 hours on Monday, April 24 northside residents will commemorate Anzac Day and the battle of Kapyong at a personal training (PT) session with a difference on the beach and cliffs of Shorncliffe.

The Anzac Kapyong Day Battle PT is in its third year and was created by personal trainer and former paratrooper Tim Cuming.

"The event is for Anzac Day and for the battle of Kapyong which occurred on April 24, 1951 and was one of the most significant and important battles for Australian troops in Korea,” Mr Cuming said.

"We start with a PT session and then go out into the water and back on to shore and up the cliffs. It is open to everyone and you need a medium level of fitness to participate.

"This event is important to me because I served in the army for 25 years and did two deployments overseas.

"In the past two years people have come to me after the event and told me how much it affected them and strengthened their connection to Anzac Day. It's an awakening experience for some people.

"People donate to participate and the funds raised go to veteran suicide awareness which is our cause,” Mr Cuming said.

Sandgate resident Russell Gee is looking forward to doing his third Anzac Kapyong Day Battle PT.

"Tim starts with a talk about the basic training the men got back then before they landed on the beach at Gallipoli.

"The reason I do this is because it provides a link between veterans and the community and because my grandfather fought in Gallipoli. It's a connection to what my grandfather stood for.

"Anzac Day is a great tradition and a chance for civilians to think about the sacrifices soldiers have made and still make today. Anzac Day is more than about just attending a service,” Mr Gee said.

The meeting point for Anzac Kapyong Day Battle PT is at Upper Moora Park car park at 5am on Monday, April 24.

For more information or to join the event search 'SF Training' on Facebook and click on 'events'.

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