Variety the winner in Cantabria’s marathon

Published on LEUT Christopher Thornton (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): Variety

Sailors and officers from the Spanish Armada replenishment vessel ESPS Cantabria and the Royal Australian Navy hold a banner in support of the children's charity Variety. A cheque of $550 dollars was presented to NSW Variety at Fleet Base East. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Sailors and officers from the Spanish Armada replenishment vessel ESPS Cantabria and the Royal Australian Navy hold a banner in support of the children's charity Variety. A cheque of $550 dollars was presented to NSW Variety at Fleet Base East.

Members of the Spanish Armada and Royal Australian Navy personnel embarked in ESPS Cantabria have raised a tidy sum of money for Variety the Children’s Charity.

The marathon, which was held onboard using Cantabria’s treadmills, was initially planned to allow the ship’s combined crew to blow off some steam after Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2013. But that didn’t stop the participants from donating in excess of $550 for the Variety cause.

The money will help to pay the fee allowing Navy to enter a team into this years iteration of the annual New South Wales Variety Bash, which will kick off tomorrow.

This year, Warrant Officer Brian Poole will drive the Navy’s matt black HD Holden station wagon, modified to represent a Royal Australian Navy submarine. Along with WO Poole, Leading Seaman O’Rourke will act as the car’s other maintainer.

The bash will take the small team from Bankstown to Ballarat, via Birdsville! They will visit numerous outback towns, raising money for Variety and meeting some of the children who have been helped by the charity.

In return for the ship’s donation, the Variety’s Motoring Events Manager, Mr Stewart Telfer, presented to Cantabria's crew with a certificate of appreciation. It was fitting that WO Poole and LS O’Rourke attended the presentation, given that they regularly volunteer their spare time to maintain Navy’s Variety Bash car and participate in the event.

Thanks to the support of the general public and good souls such as WO Poole and his volunteer team, disabled and disadvantaged children all over Australia will continue to be assisted by Variety to live life to the fullest.