‘Walk With Me’, a major fundraising effort staged annually by St Giles, was supported by personnel from Navy Headquarters Tasmania last week.
St Giles is the ‘adopted’ NHQ Tasmania charity. It is an organisation dedicated to helping children with a disability to live their lives to the fullest potential and achieve the best outcomes and quality of life possible.
‘Walk With Me’ provided participants with the opportunity to walk alongside people with a disability in a non-competitive, lively, fun and very public event.
Seven personnel from NHQ Tasmania joined hundreds of other walkers to participate in the actual walk and were sponsored by family, friends and other NHQ staff.
NHQ Tasmania’s Operations Officer, Chief Petty Officer Jamie Schmith, who walked with his two children, said the experience was made more meaningful as it involved walking with the people that the charity supports.
“It was very enlightening for my children, as they now realise the wonderful work that St Giles does for those in our community who are not as fortunate,” he said.
The walkers were led by the Tasmanian contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band on their circuit from Parliament House Lawns via the iconic Salamanca Market and back to the lawns.
Almost $800 was raised by the NHQ Tasmania team for the charity.