ADF people of Canberra have braved the cold weather to conduct a sporting event for a good cause at HMAS Harman.
A touch football match, barbecue and raffle were held onboard the base recently, with all proceeds of the day being donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation. The charity was created by ex-National Rugby League (NRL) football player, Mark Hughes after he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014 and raises awareness and much needed funding for brain cancer research in Australia.
For Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Matthew Lewis, the event was of particular importance. After his grandfather passed away in 2006 from brain cancer, Leading Seaman Lewis has strived to increase awareness and raise funds for charities aiming to combat the disease.
“The Mark Hughes Foundation does a great job in raising awareness about brain cancer,” he said.
“The charity holds a Beanies for Brain Cancer round in the NRL, and encourages members of the public to host a Beanie Day at homes, workplaces or schools during the week of the 4th to the 8th of June.
“I thought, what a great way to raise funds and bring together the Canberra Defence community all at the same time by using sport as the catalyst,” Leading Seaman Lewis said.
Executive Officer HMAS Harman, Lieutenant Commander Mark Wilson said that when he was approached by Leading Seaman Lewis he thought it was a great initiative.
“Leading Seaman Lewis went around to local businesses in search of donations for the raffle in his own time,” Lieutenant Commander Wilson said.
“Smart Salary was kind enough to donate all the food and drink for the day, this meant that all money made was profit and was donated directly to the Mark Hughes Foundation.”
Leading Seaman Lewis said the day was a huge success.
“We sold many raffle tickets in the lead up and on the day, received donations at the front gate on the morning of the event and the BBQ was also a hit.
“In total we managed to raise $1,755.70 for the Mark Hughes Foundation, which was an amazing result,” Leading Seaman Lewis said.
For more information on the Mark Hughes Foundation, to donate or buy a beanie, visit: www.markhughesfoundation.com.au.