New officers pull together for community

Published on LEUT Damien Hansen (author), Mr Brendan Dumbrell (photographer)

New Entry Officer's Course trainees took time out of the busy pace of initial training to participate in the Nowra Relay for Life. (photo: Brendan Dumbrell)
New Entry Officer's Course trainees took time out of the busy pace of initial training to participate in the Nowra Relay for Life.

The Cancer Council’s Relay for Life is an annual world-wide event with 2015 marking the sixteenth year it has been held Australia-wide.

This year, members of the Royal Australian Navy’s New Entry Officers’ Course 52 at HMAS Creswell, on the New South Wales south coast, took time out of the busy pace of initial training to participate in the Nowra event.

The 24 hour event was a valuable occasion for some of Navy's newest officers to deliver first hand on their commitment to a 'service not self' mentality, and display the commitment of Navy to valuable community events that positively impact the lives of others. 

The New Entry Officers spent their weekend walking and running laps of the Nowra Showground with cancer survivors, carers and other members of the community.

Having lost her grandmother to ovarian cancer, the cause was close to home for Sub Lieutenant Renee Clark. 

“It’s been a good chance for the divisions to come together as a whole and raise money for something that affects everybody and it’s a great opportunity to give back to the Cancer Council,” she said.

When asked about the trainees attending the event Head of Officer Initial Training, Lieutenant Commander Steve Delo, himself a Cancer Survivor, had this to say.

“Events like these help our students realise they are linked to the wider Australian community and are a practical demonstration of everything we deliver as staff in relation to Navy ethos.  

"This disease can affect many Australians and I am proud to see our youngest leaders taking a stand and supporting this great cause," he said.

Monies raised from the event are used for research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer with the New Entry Officer teams donating over $7,500 to the Cancer Council.

Further information about Relay for Life, including local events, can be found at https://www.relayforlife.org.au

HMAS Creswell is the home of Naval officer training and conducts initial entry and career progression training for the Royal Australian Navy.

New Entry Officers’ Course 52 will graduate from the Royal Australian Naval College on 18 June 2015.