Penguin on hand at Balmoral Swim

This article has photo gallery Published on WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

Location(s): Mosman, New South Wales

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell,  following the presentation of the “Penguin Shield” to the winners – The Castle Hill RSL Dolphins
 (photo: WO John Obrien)
Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell, following the presentation of the “Penguin Shield” to the winners – The Castle Hill RSL Dolphins

HMAS Penguin personnel have again provided support to the annual Balmoral Swim community fundraiser at Balmoral Beach held on 13 March.

Commanding Officer Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell said that his ship's company had been keen supporters of the Balmoral Swim for Cancer and the Children's Cancer Institute for the past six years.

“It was terrific for HMAS Penguin to again provide support for the annual swim, which is an excellent community fundraiser event,” he said.

This year a large amount of schools were represented and it was good to see so many members of the local community from the Mosman area out in force, competing in the wide range of swim events.

More than a thousand people participated in some capacity on the day, and between $130,000 and $140,000 was raised for the Children’s Cancer Institute.

Personnel from the Royal Australian Navy Dive School and the Hydrographic School were out on the water assisting with the setting up of the course.

Defence Force Recruiting were also on hand to provide up to date information and advice to the many swimmers who enquired about joining the Defence Force. The Royal Australian Navy Rock Band performed at the rotunda, delivered a great performance and proved to be very popular.

Commander Campbell was on hand to present the Penguin Shield to the winners of the relay event.

“This is a great community event for a very worthy cause and we are proud to be a part of it,” he said.