Waterhen Fleet Support Unit staff break the silence around violence

Published on AB Isaac Batterham (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Waverton, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Waterhen, White Ribbon, White Ribbon Day

From left to right: Able Seaman Stephanie Jelley, Able Seaman Isaac Batterham, Leading Seaman Cameron Cox, Tatjana Dotzauer, Seaman James Hoffman, Seaman Joshua Guy.
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From left to right: Able Seaman Stephanie Jelley, Able Seaman Isaac Batterham, Leading Seaman Cameron Cox, Tatjana Dotzauer, Seaman James Hoffman, Seaman Joshua Guy.

An eye-watering hot sauce challenge was among a number of good spirited challenges at a White Ribbon fundraiser held by sailors from HMAS Waterhen Fleet Support Unit.

Sailors, along with the friends and families, got together on the 29 July for good food, company, games and challenges to raise funds for the charity that encourages conversations about domestic violence prevention.

Event co-host, Seaman James Hoffman said the fun evening had an important message.

“At the beginning of the night we talked about White Ribbon and how important it is to speak out and act to stop violence against women," he said.

“We also discussed ways to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women,” Seaman Hoffman said.

After everyone had sworn the White Ribbon oath, the games commenced, with hot sauce lover Leading Seaman Cameron Cox agreeing to test a very hot sauce.

Leading Seaman Cox pledged that if $100 was raised, he would try ‘Ground Zero’ hot sauce.

"He enjoys chillies so he thought he could take the heat."

“Once the money was raised he took the challenge. After a taste, he looked pretty uncomfortable and said it was the hottest sauce he had eaten,” Seaman Hoffman said.

Over the course of the evening, the group of 15 raised $255.

“Our target was $200, so we were pleased to beat it. The money has been sent to White Ribbon and will enable them to have a stall at a community event so they can spread their message and encourage men to become Ambassadors,” Seaman Hoffman said.

The Royal Australian Navy is proud to be a White Ribbon accredited workplace and activities have taken place across the country to raise awareness and funding for domestic violence against women.