Fleet HQ and Kuttabul put on their jeans

Published on MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Kuttabul/Fleet HQ

Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors in the gardens of HMAS Kuttabul, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day. (From left) Leading Seaman Jennifer Jenkinson, Seaman Keeylan Hume, Able Seaman Liam White, Leading Seaman Kurt Cartwright and Leading Seaman Troy Martin. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors in the gardens of HMAS Kuttabul, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day. (From left) Leading Seaman Jennifer Jenkinson, Seaman Keeylan Hume, Able Seaman Liam White, Leading Seaman Kurt Cartwright and Leading Seaman Troy Martin.

Members from HMAS Kuttabul and Fleet Headquarters have once again swapped uniforms for denim throwing their support behind Jeans for Genes Day.
 
Now in its 21st year, the national day is held to raise funds for the Children's Medical Research Institute to assist research into genetic conditions.
 
Organising this year's Fleet Headquarters fundraiser, Leading Seaman Stephen Hughes, said they had a great result thanks to the participation of base members.
 
“Those who could wore their jeans, while others purchased a badge to wear with their uniform,” Leading Seaman Hughes said.
 
“In total we raised $2,510 on the day from donations and through the selling of Jeans for Genes day merchandise.”

Able Seaman Rajinder Singh (left) collects donations from Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik (right), as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day.

Able Seaman Rajinder Singh (left) collects donations from Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik (right), as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day.


Kuttabul Ship’s Warrant Officer, Robert Van Eldik said he was impressed with the generosity of the base.
 
“It was warming to see the enthusiasm from those selling the Genes for Jeans day merchandise and members dressed in jeans showing their support,” Warrant Officer Van Eldik said.
 
“We are particularly thankful to the members from various units across the base who volunteered their morning to help collect monies and sell the merchandise.
 
“All of the funds we have raised will go directly to the Children’s Medical Research Institute which will support research into the treatment and cure of children born with genetic conditions.
 
“You never know who might need their help, so it is special to know our support is directly contributing to their great work.”

Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations inside HMAS Kuttabul's Personal Support Unit (PSU) from Warrant Officer Gary Clarke (right) and Able Seaman Pita Kava, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day.

Able Seaman Liam White (centre) collects donations inside HMAS Kuttabul's Personal Support Unit (PSU) from Warrant Officer Gary Clarke (right) and Able Seaman Pita Kava, as part of the base's fundraising for the 2014 Jeans for Genes Day.


Jeans for Genes Day is an Australian based national day that raises funds for research into genetic disorders such as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and children’s cancers.
 
Since it’s inception in 1994, the day has raised over $61 million in support of the Children’s Research Medical Centre.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142261.