Top End sailors have enjoyed a ‘long neck’ of a different variety this Friday with a visit by Life Education’s giraffe mascot ‘Healthy Harold’ to patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra.
Kicking off their 2013 Ocsober campaign, the officers and sailors were joined by Ocsober Ambassadors her worship the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim and Crystal Attenborough, Healthy Harold and students from Essington Senior College and Good Shepherd Lutheran College.
The sailors from HMAS Coonawarra and the Navy’s patrol boat fleet are taking part in the national campaign - which will see people all over Australia give up the booze for the month of October to raise funds and awareness for Life Education.
Life Education is the largest non-government provider of drug and health education to Australian kids.
Able Seaman Erin Kubacki, a communications sailor, nursing student and mother of two said the values promoted by Life Education are important to all Australians of all ages.
“I try to make healthy choices every day of the year; to enjoy my work and be the best mum I can be and I think that’s what Ocsober is about for many of us,” she said.
“But as a parent I see first hand what great work Life Education do.
“My six year old son has meet Harold a number of times and he comes home bragging about the things he learned, the things I’ve tried to teach him myself for more than six years.”
Commander Ben Favelle, Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra said it was an honour to be involved in last year’s Ocsober campaign which saw Life Education receive more than $57,000 in the NT.
“As a Dad, I’m passionate about the cause and I want my kids to benefit from this education”, he said.
“The Navy is full of mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles whose younger relatives also stand to gain from the programs Life Education offer.
“So I encourage our younger sailors to give Mitchell Street the flick and get out and enjoy the Territory before the wet season kicks in.”
Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131484.
More information can be found at http://www.ocsober.com.au.