Topic: Charities, Fundraising & Community

New loans announced for long term sailors

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

File image: Officers and sailors from eastern based ships and establishments fall out from a group photograph on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra at the conclusion of Fleet Divisions in Garden Island, Sydney, in December 2017.

Members who have served 7 years or more will be eligible for interest-free loans of up to $7000 under a new initiative by the RAN’s Relief Trust Fund announced this month.

Mateship matters - Christmas loans rise across the fleet

Published on by CDMR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Trustees with the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund formally endorse annual Christmas loans to Navy members at their end of year board meeting in Canberra. From left: Mr Lakesh Sundar; CMDR Christina Ween; LS Joanne Andrews; RADM Brett Wolski, AM; LCDR Susan Harris; CAPT Peter Dowton, CSC; WO Karen Sellars; and LEUT Luke Reynoldson. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Trustees with the Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund formally endorse annual Christmas loans to Navy members at their end of year board meeting in Canberra. From left: Mr Lakesh Sundar; CMDR Christina Ween; LS Joanne Andrews; RADM Brett Wolski, AM; LCDR Susan Harris; CAPT Peter Dowton, CSC; WO Karen Sellars; and LEUT Luke Reynoldson.

Christmas has come early for hundreds of RAN members, who are struggling to make ends meet this festive season.

Navy thanked for poppy memorial

Published on by CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Coordinator of the Canberra Chapter of 5000 Poppies, Ledy Rowe (left) presents Chief of Staff, Navy Strategic Command, Commodore Katherine Richards two wreaths made up of hand crocheted poppies at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)

Coordinator of the Canberra Chapter of 5000 Poppies, Ledy Rowe (left) presents Chief of Staff, Navy Strategic Command, Commodore Katherine Richards two wreaths made up of hand crocheted poppies at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Navy members past and present have been thanked for their generosity in commemorating those who died in World War One.

Commander achieves milestone with a little help from a friend

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Andrew Ragless (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

Left: CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony. Right: CEO and co-founder of Integra Service Dogs, Mr Ben Johnson; Chair of Navy’s Keeping Watch RADM Peter Laver; CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony; and Chief Joint Operations AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld following the presentation of the Federation Star clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal and Integra Service Dogs certification to CMDR Davies. (photo: Department of Defence)

Left: CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony. Right: CEO and co-founder of Integra Service Dogs, Mr Ben Johnson; Chair of Navy’s Keeping Watch RADM Peter Laver; CMDR Ian Davies with Ebony; and Chief Joint Operations AIRMSHL Mel Hupfeld following the presentation of the Federation Star clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal and Integra Service Dogs certification to CMDR Davies.

Despite a number of personal and professional challenges, Commander Ian Davies persevered and recently achieved the prestigious milestone of 40 years Navy service.

HMAS Penguin raises funds for much needed medical equipment

This article has photo gallery Published on by WOATV Ian Daley (author and photographer)

The VIP group from McGrathNicol with Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Mat Bradley; Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Pete Thompson; and 723 Squadron Pilot, Lieutenant Michael Wisniewski, prior to their flight in the Bell 429 Helicopter. (photo: WOATV Ian Daley)

The VIP group from McGrathNicol with Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Mat Bradley; Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Pete Thompson; and 723 Squadron Pilot, Lieutenant Michael Wisniewski, prior to their flight in the Bell 429 Helicopter.

HMAS Penguin has continued its ongoing support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation by hosting a tour of Penguin followed by a Captain's Lunch.

HMAS Moreton accepts the challenge

Published on by LS Hayden Eyles (author), LS Regan Kid (photographer)

Blood donors from south-east Queensland’s HMAS Moreton have helped Navy to a leading place in three of the four Defence Blood Challenge categories. (photo: LS Regan Kid)

Blood donors from south-east Queensland’s HMAS Moreton have helped Navy to a leading place in three of the four Defence Blood Challenge categories.

As a parting favour for retiring Chief Petty Officer Bernard Matson, personnel from HMAS Moreton rolled up their sleeves and donated enough blood to save 30 lives.

Navy golfers compete on international stage

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Ben Robson (author), Department of Defence (photographer)

CMDR Tracey Elliott prepares to do battle at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales. (photo: Department of Defence)

CMDR Tracey Elliott prepares to do battle at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.

Navy golfers have led the challenge for the Clyde Pearce Cup, which brings together injured and ill service men and women fighting back through sport.

All invited to Aussie Hero Quilts Annual Thank You Dinner

Published on by Jan-Maree Ball (author)

The Aussie Hero Quilts Annual Thank You Dinner will take place on 3 November from 1800 at the RMC Sergeants’ Mess in Canberra. (photo: )

The Aussie Hero Quilts Annual Thank You Dinner will take place on 3 November from 1800 at the RMC Sergeants’ Mess in Canberra.

Most Defence members who have deployed on operation have been touched by the generosity of the volunteers working with Aussie Hero Quilts.

Stirling sailors enjoy giving back to their community

Published on by Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

(L-R) CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony. (photo: Unknown)

(L-R) CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony.

Personnel posted to HMAS Stirling continue to give back to their community, even when they are not wearing the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy.

Albatross community rallies together to help Shoalhaven farmers

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Justin Brown (author)

Defence personnel gather at the Fleet Air Arm Museum to register for the 'Tour the T' fun run/walk at HMAS Albatross. (photo: POIS Justin Brown)

Defence personnel gather at the Fleet Air Arm Museum to register for the 'Tour the T' fun run/walk at HMAS Albatross.

Community-minded Defence members, APS and contractors have used an annual event to raise much needed funds for struggling farmers in the Shoalhaven region.