You can now download a minute of silence <div> <div><img height="366" src="http://optuszoo.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/295792-7b8e6046-c12b-11e3-9a65-7ae3511942af.jpg?w=650" width="650" alt="295792-7b8e6046-c12b-11e3-9a65-7ae351194"></div> </div> <div>This Anzac Day you‘ll be able to listen to a prerecorded minute of silence ... on your phone.</div> Apr 13, 2014 7:52AM<div>
IN AN Australian first, a Anzac Day campaign allows Australians to pay to listen to a prerecorded minute of silence. We‘re not kidding.
RSL organisations all around the nation have banded together to create the Minute Of Silence, a prerecorded minute of actual silence which can be purchased and listened to over the phone. All profits go to supporting the Anzac Appeal.
The silence was recorded by more than 80 currently serving and former Australian Defence Force members and their families, including veterans from conflicts as recent as Afghanistan and Iran and as long ago as WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
A campaign of this nature has never been attempted before in Australia.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Supporters can phone a number (different for each state â€” details below) from today and by dialling 0 after the opening message, they will hear the prerecorded Minute of Silence.
Alternatively, supporters can text the word â€˜SILENCE‘ and their home state to 1999 1234 nationwide. Charges differ per state but are around $2.00.
They will receive a return SMS with a link to their minute of silence which features the voice of WWII Prisoner of War, Jack Bell and the prerecorded minute of silence that they can listen to on their mobile phone. They can re-watch this using the link whenever they like.
If supporters opt to call to receive their minute‘s silence, it is played to them directly, down the phone line. Therefore they can only listen to it once.
The Barossa Light Horse Re-Enactment Group will play a key role in Anzac centenary parades in Adelaide this year. Source: Supplied
But as strange as this appeal sounds, it‘s quite significant for people who live in remote locations or can‘t attend public memorial services.
According to Anzac Appeal national spokesman, Afghanistan veteran, ex-Commando and double amputee, Damien Thomlinson, the Minute of Silence enables anyone with access to a phone to support the Appeal.
â€œThe fundraising landscape is changing and to enhance the valuable work that the RSL‘s traditional fundraisers do by selling ANZAC badges on the streets of cities and towns across the country, the Minute of Silence will allow Australians to support the cause directly from their mobile phone or landline,â€ Mr Thomlinson said.
â€œOur aim is to not only raise funds for the Appeal around the nation, but to highlight the valuable work that the RSL does with past and present service men, women and their families, and the work they will continue to doâ€.
â€œWhen it comes to support I was fortunate enough to have great people around me, and I see our role now as picking up the pieces when there‘s nowhere else to turn for those who aren‘t so lucky.â€
HOW TO PURCHASE A MINUTE OF SILENCE
Phone the number below for your state and press 0 to listen.
Victoria 1902 25 04 14
New South Wales & ACT 1902 25 04 15
Queensland 1902 25 04 16
South Australia & NT 1902 25 04 17
Western Australia 1902 25 04 18
Tasmania 1902 25 04 19
Text â€˜SILENCE‘ and your home state to 1999 1234 (nationwide number), where you will receive a return SMS with a internet link.
More information can be found at minuteofsilence.com.au
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
â€¢ Tweet, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #minuteofsilence
â€¢ Share the link www.minuteofsilence.com.au
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP
â€œThe RSL helps service men and women of all ages, the currently serving as well as older veterans,â€ Mr Thomlinson said.
â€œThe way we help them varies too from financial assistance, living expenses (rent, bonds and food vouchers) and educational needs to medical expenses, transport needs and advocacy.
â€œMinute of Silence is about showing the link from the past to the present and how the RSL bridges that divide.â€