Training pauses in support of ‘life’

Published on LEUT Damien Hansen (author and photographer)

Location(s): Nowra, NSW

Topic(s): Naval College, Cancer Council

Members of New Entry Officers' Course 50 gather at the end of the Nowra/Shoalhaven Relay For Life. (photo: LEUT Damien Hansen)
Members of New Entry Officers' Course 50 gather at the end of the Nowra/Shoalhaven Relay For Life.

On Saturday, members of the Royal Australian Navy’s New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) 50 at HMAS Creswell participated in the Nowra Relay For Life.

The new officers took time out of the busy pace of initial training to participate in an important aspect of naval life, being part of the local community.

Relay For Life is a community event where teams of 10-15 participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for the Cancer Council. A number of teams from NEOC entered and spent their Saturday walking and running laps of the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra with cancer survivors, carers and other members of the community.

“Everyone can be affected by cancer in some way in their lives and anything we as NEOC 50 can do to help the Cancer Council in their fight, we will,” said Midshipman Caitlin Watkins from Rankin Division when asked about the event.

“It was a long day but we all got through as a team and what we achieved is nothing compared to the challenges that cancer sufferers deal with on a daily basis,” she said.

All together the New Entry Officers raised $7645 to support this worthy cause.

Further information about Relay for Life, including local events, can be found at https://relay.cancercouncil.com.au.

NEOC 50 will graduate from the Royal Australian Naval College on 19 June 2014.