Melbourne sailors run for charity

Published on ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), WOML-P Stuart O'Brien (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Ellis and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick receive their medals at the end of the 2014 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour ten kilometre run. (photo: WOML-P Stuart O'Brien)
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Jason Duvall, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Stephanie Ellis and Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick receive their medals at the end of the 2014 Real Insurance Sydney Harbour ten kilometre run.

Three sailors from HMAS Melbourne decided that Sunday the 13th of July would be the day that they would put on their running shoes and pound the pavement for a good cause.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain sailor Stephanie Ellis, Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Melanie Chadwick and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Personnel sailor Jason Duvall participated in the 2014 Sydney Harbour 10k run.

All three members had to be awake and ready to start the race from the Sydney CBD at 6:15am. The Sydney Harbour 10k run isn't just about running fast, it is an opportunity for participants to raise money for their charities as well as run around some of the most beautiful locations that Sydney Harbour has to offer.

Leading Seaman Ellis chose to run for the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

“Running for the Alzheimer’s foundation was not only an honour it was also a privilege, it felt good to run in support of such an amazing charity that does so much for our country’s elderly. I really enjoyed the run and I was sore for days after! I will definitely being doing it again in 2015,” she said.  

Leading Seaman Chadwick ran for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  

“The WWF for Nature is an international non-governmental organization, they are working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. Running for the WWF made the day that much better and to do it with two of my closest friends made the event one to remember,” she said. .

Able Seaman Duvall ran for the Children’s Cancer Institution.

“Every year, more than 625 Australian children will be diagnosed with cancer and almost every week, nearly three Australian children will die of cancer. I’ve selected this charity because I believe cancer is a big problem in the world and scientist need all the help and funding they can receive to discover a cure. It was a fantastic run for my first ever fun run and it gave me a good insight into what to expect in City2Surf fun run in Sydney,” Able Seaman Duvall said.  

The sailors all finished the 10k course in less than one hour and had a fantastic day. The participation medals have earned pride of place on the mantle piece and the sailors cannot wait to raise more money for charities at upcoming fun runs during Sydney’s running festival.