THANKS to hundreds of empty drink containers and the enterprise of a Thurgoona teenager, the Albury RSL sub-branch will have one less thing to fund at this year's Anzac Day services.
James McCarthy, 14, has raised $529.60 for the veterans' charity which will all but cover the hiring costs of the public address system used for the dawn and morning ceremonies on Monument Hill.
The year 9 Trinity Anglican College student generated the money through collecting cans and bottles and then redeeming for 10 cents under the NSW container deposit scheme.
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James was drawn to the good deed through his membership of the Australian Air Force Cadets.
Through that organisation he has undertaken the Duke of Edinburgh award which required him to complete a community service component.
After initially putting a message out to neighbours he was soon gathering containers from an array of places.
"I was really happy with what we received because at first a lot of money came in and then it stalled because people were only drinking so much and then it started coming in again," James said.
Albury RSL sub-branch president Graham Docksey was delighted to receive a cheque from James this week.
"It's been an outstanding effort," Mr Docksey said.
"It just shows you the community are behind the RSL and the veteran community."
Meanwhile, the Albury air cadets, known as 412 squadron, are taking in new members.
Squadron leader Danny Salmon said the group was open to youngsters who are in high school and at least 12 years old, turning 13 this year.
More information is available at www.aafc.org.au /how-to-join/cadets with cadets slated to start on Friday March 5 with an opening session from 6:30pm that day.
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