Penguin feels the burn to raise funds

Published on MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Balmoral, Sydney

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall (far left) and Warrant Officer John O'Brien (far right) with members of the Basic Clearance Diver Course 82 and Clearance Diving Officer Course 30 before they take on the Balmoral Burn and sprint up the infamously steep Awaba Street, Balmoral. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall (far left) and Warrant Officer John O'Brien (far right) with members of the Basic Clearance Diver Course 82 and Clearance Diving Officer Course 30 before they take on the Balmoral Burn and sprint up the infamously steep Awaba Street, Balmoral.

Eleven trainee divers from HMAS Penguin took part in the annual Balmoral Burn foot race in Sydney last Sunday.

The event, a gruelling 420m sprint up a 30 per cent incline, attracts over 6000 participants each year and raises much needed funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Finishing with a respectable time of 2:21, Seaman King, a member of the Basic Clearance Diving Course 82 at Penguin, said he was happy with his teams result.

“In true Navy style, we ran the race as a team and with a berthing hawser,” Seaman King said.

“It’s not an easy run and we didn’t make it any easier with the hawser, but we reckon we did a pretty good time.”

“We run Awaba St, where the race is staged, a fair bit with our training so it was good to be able to run it today as a bit of fun.”

Seaman King admits it’s not all about the result and said he was happy to be there to support a worthwhile cause.

“It is always nice to be able to interact with the local community and support a meaningful cause,” Seaman King said.

“The Humpty Dumpty Foundation, who hosts the event, raises funds to purchase life-saving equipment for new born babies and children.”

Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, said it was important to have a community presence in their local area at events such as the Balmoral Burn.

“It is a great community event and Penguin is very keen to help support this fundraiser,” Commander Gall said.

“Penguin provided support in helping to set up for the event which was well received by the event organisers, while a number of other personnel were happy to do the Burn individually.

“This is the third year Penguin has participated in this particular event.

“Which along with the Balmoral Swim, form just a small part of our community engagement program which is important as it allows us to give back to the local community,” Commander Gall said.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has raised $1.85 million that will go towards medical equipment for children across the country.

Seaman Jake Thomson from HMAS Penguin takes on the challenge of the Balmoral Burn with his team mates holding a berthing hawser as they sprint up the infamous Awaba Street, Balmoral.

Seaman Jake Thomson from HMAS Penguin takes on the challenge of the Balmoral Burn with his team mates holding a berthing hawser as they sprint up the infamous Awaba Street, Balmoral.