Top End Navy team ready for the Bash

Published on CPOML-P Joy Newman (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Coonawarra, NT

Topic(s): Variety

The team from HMAS Coonawarra NT Variety Bash ( L-R) CPO Shane McCallum, LS Dipak Nand (kneeling), Ms Larraine Pattel (in car), AB Alex Davies, AB Dean Bailey, LS William Millward, and CPO Joy Newman. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
The team from HMAS Coonawarra NT Variety Bash ( L-R) CPO Shane McCallum, LS Dipak Nand (kneeling), Ms Larraine Pattel (in car), AB Alex Davies, AB Dean Bailey, LS William Millward, and CPO Joy Newman.

A team from HMAS Coonawarra will hit the road on 31 August in support of the Northern Territory Variety Bash, which will raise funds to empower Northern Territory children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

The Bash Team will travel from Tanunda, South Australia, through Sheep Country to the Flinders Ranges, Oodnadatta Track, Desert County, an NT cattle station, the Red Centre and Alice Springs to Ti Tree, Northern Territory. They'll stop at various schools along the way and will raise money for children with special needs and their families.

The Top End Navy Bash Team has already raised $13,326.06 in sponsorship money for Variety, NT, edging the group closer to its fund raising goal of $15,000.

“I am very proud of the team’s fund raising efforts so far. They have hosted BBQ’s and Golf Days in the local Darwin area and have collected Cash 4 Cans and donations from generous sponsors. We look forward to visiting the remote schools along the way this year,” said Able Seaman Dean Bailey, Coonawarra’s Variety Bash Team Leader.

“‘Daisie’, the Bash Car which has been transformed to look like a ship, has a new fog horn fitted. It now makes various animal noises, which is sure to delight the children!”
 
“Daisie is in top form and will be freighted to Tanunda, South Australia, soon - in readiness for the Bash.”
 
The Bash Team consists of nine members from HMAS Coonawarra and ATTACK FOUR. The Officer-In-Charge of the Bash car this year will be Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Marty Sammut from ATTACK FOUR.
 
HMAS Coonawarra will be celebrating Navy Week during the Bash, and Coonawarra's Commanding Officer, CMDR Ben Favelle, will meet the Team in Alice Springs for the Variety Civic Reception and a parade through the town.
 
If you would like to make a donation to Navy's Top End Variety Bash Team, please contact Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Personnel (CPOML-P) Joy Newman at joy.newman@defence.gov.au.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131075.