Albatross Tours the T

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community, HMAS Albatross

Runners participating in the HMAS Albatross 'Tour the T' reach the 'T' in the runways. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
Runners participating in the HMAS Albatross 'Tour the T' reach the 'T' in the runways.

HMAS Albatross personnel took advantage of the rare opportunity to tread the tarmac when the T-shaped airfield runway was closed for the 4th annual ‘Tour the T’ charity fun run.

The aim of the event is for having fun, and fundraising. Money is collected by a $10 entry fee, which is donated to a worthy cause each year. Participants have the option between a leisurely 4km walk, or an 8km run.

The event attracts a range of defence and civilian personnel, whether they be expert runners, or occasional strollers. Able Seaman Mick Harwood appeared as more the latter as he strolled along with his wife, Jaclyn, and sons, Justin (3) and Jaryd (2).

“I try to do the ‘Tour the T’ every year”, AB Harwood said.

“It’s always for a good cause and it’s a great chance to get the whole family out and maybe even wear the little blokes out a bit. They definitely had a ball and a walk doesn’t hurt me either,” said AB Harwood.

Event coordinator Petty Officer Chris Vale believes the event is popular for several reasons.

“I believe people are drawn to ‘Tour the T’ because they are presented with something that is usually off limits and I think the experience is made even more enjoyable with the understanding that they’re doing it for a good cause – this year over $500 was raised for the Veteran’s and Community Men’s Shed.”

“We chose this charity this year as, not only are they a local organisation, but they have a similar target demographic to Albatross with both veterans and the wider community,” said PO Vale.

Community Men’s Sheds aims to improve men’s health and well-being by creating opportunities for social interaction among men, and raising awareness of men’s health issues.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20132216.