Many ways to 'Keep Watch'

Published on LEUT Kirsti Burtenshaw (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

With members of Combined Task Force 150 in the background, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Commodore Phillip Spedding DSC, AM, RAN (left) and Lieutenant Joshua Watkin (right) with the cheque for $1100 raised for the Navy Charity 'Keeping Watch.'  (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger)
With members of Combined Task Force 150 in the background, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633, Commodore Phillip Spedding DSC, AM, RAN (left) and Lieutenant Joshua Watkin (right) with the cheque for $1100 raised for the Navy Charity 'Keeping Watch.'

The old saying 'charity begins at home' is being invoked to support members of the 'Navy family' in need.

The Royal Australian Navy’s own charity, Keeping Watch provides financial support for members and their families who are doing it tough.

The grants are borne from both one off and routine donations from serving members and the general community.

Commodore Peter Laver, Chairman of the Keeping Watch Grants Committee, said the nature of service creates a camaraderie that pulls people together.

“The Australian Defence Force is a strong and cohesive family - we look after each other and I encourage and appreciate the donations made by individual serving members," he said.

"If members find it difficult to donate financially, there are many other ways to support the charity and make a difference."

Competitors participating in the 4km walk leave the start line during the HMAS Albatross Tour the T.

Competitors participating in the 4km walk leave the start line during the HMAS Albatross Tour the T.

Keeping Watch is calling upon individuals and workplaces to find creative fundraising opportunities. Commanding Officer HMAS Harman Commander Jayne Craig said there were many ways to help out.

“Any member, regardless of rank or rate, can potentially gain the support to host a fundraising BBQ, morning tea, raffle with the aim of raising funds for Keeping Watch.

"The options are endless and not only raise much needed funds to support other members of the Navy family, but will also raise awareness of Keeping Watch and the good work that continues to be accomplaished by the charity,” Commander Craig said.

For support and advice on appropriate activities or to donate to Keeping Watch, visit the website at www.keepingwatch.org.au